Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Roman-era burial cave destroyed by house-building

CUTTING CORNERS CAN BE COSTLY: Family building a house in northern Israel destroys 1,800-year-old burial cave. Inspectors raid construction site where bulldozers flattened cave, find ossuaries; owner to be indicted for failing to report antiquity discovery (MELANIE LIDMAN, Times of Israel).

The ToI article concentrates on the events around the raid. This JNS article by Pesah Benson gives some additional details about the ossuaries (glosskamas): Authorities probing theft find Roman-era burial cave. Coffins used by Jews during the period following the Bar Kochba revolt were found.

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