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British tourist unearths treasure


An amateur British archaeologist has discovered almost 300 gold coins dating from the 7th Century at a dig just outside Jerusalem's Old City.

Nadine Ross had been volunteering at the site for the past month and found the coins in the last week of her stay in Israel.

The 24-carat coins date back to the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius, before the Persians conquered Jerusalem.

She later showed how she made the discovery.

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