Recent Archaeological Finds In The Holy Land This handout file photo provided on September 9, 2009 by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem shows some of the 120 gold, silver and bronze coins as they were found August 2, 2009 in a cave in the Judean Hills, Israel. The coins and other artifacts found in the almost inaccessible cave provide evidence on how the ancient Jews found refuge in the Judean Hills during the Bar Kokhba rebellion against the Romans in 132-35 AD.
The Middleham Jewel, a fifteenth century gold diamond-shaped pendant with a blue sapphire at the top which was found on a bridle path near the Castle in 1985, by Ted Seaton. One side of the diamond shaped pendant is engraved with a representation of the Trinity and the other with a Latin inscription indicating that the pendant is a charm against epilepsy. It has been dated back to the fifteenth century to around the lifetime of Middleham Castle's most famous occupant, Richard III.