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Brass Weight With Cross
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This brass weight with a cross was found in the excavation of a Byzantine Church at Hippos/Sussita—a Hellenistic–Roman site east of the Sea of Galilee—in 2013.  After cleaning it revealed a cross surrounded by a church—Michael Eisenberg, the excavator believes that the church is the "Church of the Holy Sepulcher" in Jerusalem.

Because of Muslim sensitivities, the cross was covered with a mixture of tin and lead.  See the diagram below for a clear view of the object.