Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Hundreds of ancient coins confiscated in Kfar Kana

APPREHENDED: Coins from 5th century BCE found in trove seized from home of antiquities thief. Israel Antiquities Authority’s Theft Prevention Unit inspector says there are a growing number of thieves using metal detectors who are destroying unexcavated archaeological sites (Amanda Borschel-Dan, Times of Israel).
A cache of 232 ancient coins was recovered from the house of a known antiquities thief in Kfar Kana last week by the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Theft Prevention Unit.

The trove of coins includes samples from the 5th century BCE Persian period, to the later Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods, and to the early Ottoman period in the circa 16th century. The coins will now undergo testing and study at the IAA.

Cross-file under Numismatics.

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