Such discoveries were known at least as early as the Middle Ages. For a report of an ancient hoard of coins discovered by Crusaders at Athlit in 1218, cf. C. N. Johns, Quarterly of the Department of Antiquities in Palestine 2 (1932), p. 41. In 1660, the Ottoman governor of Gaza, Hussein Pasha, conducted some excavations at the traditional site of the “Temple of Dagon” and discovered a porphyry bust with eyes of crystal, cf. Martin A. Meyer, History of the City of Gaza (New York, 1907), p. 99. Meryon goes to great length to justify the belief in buried treasure in Palestine, cf. Travels, Vol. 3, pp. 87–90.