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Earthquake Evidence Uncovered In Tzfat

First Publish: 9/3/2004, 12:34 PM / Last Update: 9/3/2004, 1:48 PM

An archaeological excavation in the middle of the Galilee city of Tzfat has uncovered findings approximately 700 years old in buildings destroyed in an earthquake. The Antiquities Authority is carrying out the dig at the foot of the Citadel, near Tzahal St.

Under the floor of one of the buildings was found a box with no fewer than 123 coins. Some of the coins are from Venice, and some are from the Mamluke dynasty. Researchers hope to learn not only about life in Tzfat during the Mamluke period, which lasted from 1250 to 1517, but also about earthquakes and measures that can be taken against them.