The mystery of the 17.6-pound gold-plated object found in a Jerusalem cemetery has been solved.
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Officials at the Israel Antiquities Authority had been at their wits' end after the discovery of the object in a Jerusalem cemetery some months ago, and on Tuesday requested the public's help. Within hours posters on Haaretz's Hebrew Facebook page supplied an answer: it was neither Temple treasure, as some postulated, or even modern treasure. It was a part from a New Age talisman called a "Weber Isis Beamer harmonizer" that sells online for up to 120 euros, as the Israel Antiquities Authority confirmed.
The gold-plated, football-shaped grooved object, with handles at both ends, had been found in by the cemetery groundskeeper. He called in the police, who in turn alerted sappers, who conducted a controlled explosion.
Some researchers believe treasure from the Jewish temples has been hidden throughout Jerusalem's western Valley of the Cross. When the strange object was first found, the IAA therefore reached out to religious as well scientific experts.
The IAA had, to be fair, thought the thing was probably modern, noting that it had been placed within a plastic pipe, covered in cotton and preserved with an anti-oxidant. The pipe was buried a meter and a half underground.