Thursday, December 16, 2021

More on those apprehended Bar Kokhba-era artifacts

DOUBLY LOOTED? Stopping a suspect car, police find ancient items Bar Kochba rebels took from Romans. Detectives searching a vehicle in Jerusalem find box with rare bronze antiquities believed seized by Jewish rebels 2,000 years ago as spoils of war (Luke Tress, Times of Israel).
Israeli archaeologists believe ancient artifacts recently seized by police were spoils of war taken by Jewish rebels from their Roman enemies nearly 2,000 years ago.

Israel’s Antiquities Authority said Wednesday that the artifacts, including ornamental incense burners and a wine jug, may be battle loot dating back to the Bar Kochba revolt in 132-136 CE.


I noted the report of the apprehension last week here. Information in the current article seems to indicate that there is a good case for the artifacts being genuinely ancient.
The site has been under recent surveillance after authorities found unauthorized excavations at the site, and launched an operation to capture suspects, but “unfortunately the robbers managed to escape,” said Amir Ganor, director of the Robbery Prevention Unit.

“When they fled, they left behind ancient finds that are similar to those now recovered in the suspects’ possession. We believe that the finds that were recently recovered in Jerusalem were taken from this site,” he said.

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