Archaeologists Discover Kohein Gadol’s Bell?


ancient-gold-bellArchaeologists have discovered a rare gold bell with a small loop at its end. The finding was made during an archaeological excavation in the City of David National Park (near the walls of the Old City of Yerushalayim) by the Israel Antiquities Authority in cooperation with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Ir David Foundation.

The directors of the excavation on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, archaeologists Eli Shukron and Professor Ronny Reich of Haifa University, said after the finding, “The bell looked as if it was sewn on the garment worn by a man of high authority in Yerushalayim at the end of the Second Temple period.

“The bell was exposed in the city’s main drainage channel of that period, between the layers of dirt that had been piled on the floor of the channel,” they continued. “This drainage channel was built and hewn west to the Western Wall of the Temple Mount and drained the rainfall in the different parts of the city, through the City of David and the Shiloah Pool to the Kidron valley.”

The excavation area, above the drain, is located in the main street of Yerushalayim which rose from the Shiloah Pool in the City of David. In this street an interchange was built through which people entered the Har Habayis. The remains of this interchange are what is known today as Robinson’s Arch. Archaeologists believe that the Kohein Gadol walked the streets of Yerushalayim in the area of Robinson’s Arch and lost the golden bell which fell off his beged into the drain beneath the street.

The Kohein Gadol in the Bais Hamikdosh had hanging golden bells on one of the eight begadim. While it is unknown if the bell belonged to one of the Kohanim Gedolim, archaeologists have not ruled out the possibility.

{Arutz Sheva/ Newscenter}


  1. How was the Kohen allowed to walk with bigdei kehunah in the streets?

    The story with Shimon hatzdik was not actually bigdei kehunah

  2. You gotta love the archaeologists! Conspiracy theorists of the highest caliber!
    It really could’ve fallen off a kids doll, or a girls bike!

  3. #12 – there were bells and pomegranates (pa’amon v’rimon) – it does not say that the pa’amon was in the shape of a rimon. But we know that the bells made noise when the kohen gadol walked, so if this is a solid gold ball without an inner ball to make a sound, it is certainly not a pa’amon from a kohen gadol’s me’il(besides for the point that the kohen gadol did not walk the streets in the 8 bigdei kehuna).