Members of the Archaeology Unit of the Civil Administration arrested a large group of antiquities thieves who broke into a burial cave in Khirbet Ma'on, which lies southeast of Hevron. Khirbet added to the name of a site means "the ruins of."The site also contains remains from the Second Temple period and a Byzantine-era synagogue.
Ma'on was one of the main settlements in the southern Hevron hills of Judea and is mentioned in the Book of Joshua on the list of cities of Judea, dating back to the MIddle Bronze Age and the First Temple Period.
I have noted other recent looting and smuggling arrests in Israel and on the West Bank here, here, here, and links.
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