Sunday, December 30, 2018

More about “Finds Gone Astray”

SO MANY APPREHENSIONS: EXHIBIT REVEALS NEVER-SEEN ARTIFACTS RESCUED FROM ARCHAEOLOGICAL THIEVES. Many of the objects were illegally excavated using tools and methods that have caused irreversible damage to archaeological sites of enormous local historical significance (Maayan Hoffman, Jerusalem Post).
It took hours of intensive detective work, including patient surveillance, carefully planned ambushes, and nightly observations to intercept the thieves and retrieve these artifacts. The rescued objects have been carefully preserved and stored, and numerous looters operating in Judea and Samaria have been prosecuted. Over the last 50 years, 40,000 objects have been collected.
I noted this story a couple of days ago, but this article has additional details.

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