BEARING CONSULAR ROBES and a crown, a figure decorates a coin minted in about 601 C.E.. Coins are crucial for dating the Northwest Church; this one belongs to the Byzantine era, but most of the recovered coins date to the Umayyad, or early Arab, period (630–750 C.E.). From the numismatic evidence, the excavators determined that the Northwest Church continued to function even after the Muslim conquest of the Holy Land and was not destroyed until the earthquake of 749 C.E.