Some people think of archaeology—incorrectly—as a treasure hunt. Not many archaeologists are as lucky as Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of King Tut with all its glorious treasures. More often than not, archaeologists find neither gold nor silver. And if they do find a precious metal, it is usually a matter of luck, rather than design. Let me tell you, though, that I am one of the few lucky ones: I had the good fortune to discover a gold hoard!
In the summer of 1972 I was an Area Supervisor for the excavations at Tell Gezer, in Israel. I was assigned to an Area in Field IVa, where a large gateway from the Middle Bronze period (about 1750–1550 B.C.) was discovered. A complex of store-rooms was adjacent to the gateway. Everything in the store-rooms had been left untouched, protected by a heavy layer of mudbricks which had collapsed from the city-wall when the city was destroyed in the late 15th century B.C., probably by the advancing 18th Dynasty Egyptians (1546–1512).