Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Second-Temple-era bones?

DISCOVERY: Hikers Find Human Skull and Bones in Gush Etzion Cave (Tazpit News Agency).
A surprised group of hikers in Gush Etzion stumbled across human bones in a cave near Ein Tzurim, according to police.

The hikers immediately called 100 (Israel’s 911), and the police came to investigate.

The police, once on the scene realized that this wasn’t a murder scene and called the Israel Antiquities Authority. A preliminary examination by their experts indicate that the bones are apparently those of Jews from the Second Temple period.

The article doesn't give any reason for this identification of the bones and expresses proper caution about the conclusion. Watch this space ...