An amazing piece of artifact found just off Israel’s coast was a gold-colored ring featuring a gem showing a young Jesus with a lamb on his shoulder.

Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), announced that it has recovered treasures from two Roman shipwrecks dating back 1,700 years and 600 years. These treasures were discovered in Caesarea’s ancient port.

The ring, which is 1,700 years old,  was found among a trove of third-century Roman coins, as well as a bronze eagle figurine, bells to ward off evil spirits, pottery and a Roman pantomimus figurine in a comic mask.

Also, the finds tell the tale of two ships that went down in different periods. All hands were aboard and they tried to get the vessel into port.

A gold ring with its gemstone showing an image of young Jesus holding a lamb on his back, a scene known as the 'Good Shepherd' in Christianity, is one of several stunning artifacts found off the coast of Israel

One of many amazing artifacts discovered off Israel’s coast is a gold ring that has a gemstone with an image of Jesus holding a lamb.

IAA’s Marine Archaeology Unit said that ships may have been near shore and had been damaged by the storm.

“They might have been anchoring offshore because they were in difficulty or afraid of stormy weather. Because sailors are well aware that it is risky and dangerous to moor in shallow open waters outside of ports, there may be a chance for disaster.

This octagonal ring in gold is considered the best artifact among the lot.

It has a center green gemstone that depicts Jesus as a young shepherd boy. The tunic is attached to his shoulders with a sheep’s tail.

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced it had recovered treasures from two Roman-era shipwrecks, dating back 1,700 and 600 years, which were found in the ancient port of Caesarea. Pictured is the ring when it was first found

Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), announced the discovery of treasures in two Roman-era shipwrecks that date back 1,700 and 600 year, found at Caesarea. The ring was found in its original state.

Alongside the Roman-era finds, IAA divers also discovered in a second wreck nearby a trove of around 560 Mamluk-era coins dating from the fourteenth century

IAA divers discovered alongside the Roman-era treasures a second wreck near which they also found a cache of approximately 560 Mamluk coins from the 14th century. 

Numerous times in the Bible, the Good Shepherd is mentioned. This is because it is the oldest and most important symbol of Jesus Christ.

John 10:1-21, the first and most popular, describes Jesus the Good Shepherd who gave his life to his sheep.

IAA stated that it represents Jesus Christ as humanity’s compassionate shepherd. He extends his goodness to all of mankind.

The unique gold ring with the figure of the Good Shepherd in it may indicate that this owner is a Christian.

The finds also reveal the story of two ships that sank in different time periods with all hands aboard, apparently while attempting to maneuver the vessels into port. Pictured are bells also found at the wrecks, which were used to ward off evil spirits

Also, the finds tell the tale of two ships that crashed in different periods. All hands were aboard the ship at the time. They may have been trying to maneuver it into port. The wrecks contained bells that were found nearby, believed to be used to repel evil spirits.

The ring, which is 1,700 years old, was found among a trove of third-century Roman coins, as well as a bronze eagle figurine, bells to ward off evil spirits, pottery and a Roman pantomimus figurine in a comic mask (pictured)

This 1,700-year-old ring was found in an ancient trove of Roman coins dating back to the 3rd century. It also included a bronze eagle figurine and bells to repel evil spirits.

She said that Christianity was still being practiced on ‘underground” forums, but the Roman Empire was very open to new worship forms, including those around Jesus. It was therefore reasonable for wealthy citizens of the empire, such as her, to own such a ring.

Helena Sokolov (a curator in the IAA’s Coin Department who studied the Good Shepherd ring) told AFP that this was a time when Christianity was still in its infancy, but was definitely developing and growing, particularly in mixed cities such as Caesarea.

Also, she implied that the small size of her ring meant it belonged to a female.

IAA divers found in another wreck nearby, along with Roman-era items, around 560 Mamluk era coins that date back to the 14th Century.

This unique gold ring bearing the 'Good Shepherd' figure gives us, possibly, an indication that its owner was an early Christian. The ring is small, it likely belonged to a woman

We may be able to see evidence that the owner of this unique and beautiful gold ring bears the image of the Good Shepherd. It is likely that the ring belonged to an older woman, as it’s small.

Caesarea was the local capital of the Roman empire in the third century, and its port was a key hub for Rome's activity. The Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament of the Bible describes Peter baptizing the Roman centurion Cornelius in Caesarea

Caesarea, the capital city of the Roman Empire in the third Century, was also a major hub for Rome’s activities. In the New Testament of Scripture, the Acts of Apostles describes Peter baptisming Cornelius, a Roman centurion in Caesarea.

Caesarea in third-century Rome was the city capital. Its port, Sokolov, was an important hub for Rome’s activity.

Acts of Apostles, New Testament of Bible describes Peter’s baptism of Cornelius the Roman centurion at Caesarea.

According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, this city was among the oldest centers of Christianity. It also housed the first Christian communities.