Long Table No. 115 A Hoard of Syrian Tetradrachms from a Mass Burial in ‘Akko-Ptolemais

Forty-six silver tetradrachms, 44 of them forming a hoard, were discovered in the unusual context of a mass grave, in a Roman-period cemetery in the colony of ‘Akko-Ptolemais. The coins range from Nero to Hadrian, with a terminus post quem for the hoard’s deposition in 119 CE. I argue that previous attempts to connect the hoard to the Ben Kusba (Bar Kokhba) revolt are untenable, and suggest several possible scenarios for its deposition, none of them provable. Join Danny Syon for a look into this fascinating hoard.