Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Stolen Second Temple period antiquities recovered in Samaria - Ido Ben Porat

by Ido Ben Porat

Arab resident of Samarian village of Hawara arrested after coins, jewelry, figurines and other ancient artifacts found in his home.

Antiquities discovered in Samaria
Antiquities discovered in Samaria
Police spokesman
Israeli police and members of the archaeological department of the Civil Administration raided the village of Hawara in Samaria and confiscated hundreds of old coins from various periods, as well as pitchers, earthenware items and jewelry valued at high prices.

The forces arrested an Arab resident of the village in his fifties who is suspected of purveying ancient artifacts, not announcing their discovery as required by law and illegal possession of weapons.

The search in the suspects house and store revealed hundreds of coins, pitchers, figurines, earthenware scales, jewels, basalt stones used to grind wheat, copper utensils, water and oil jars as well as a Sten gun and a rifle.

Members of the archaeology department estimated that the artifacts were from the Hasmonean, Bar Kochba, Second Temple, Assyrian and Roman periods and are worth tens of thousands of dollars.

The Arab claimed on investigation that he had bought the artifacts for his own private collection. The investigation is continuing.

Ido Ben Porat


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