Strike Against Antiquities Thieves

Police discovered a box with unusual archaeological finds while inspecting a suspicious vehicle

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: archaeology
Inspectors from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) inspect the stolen artifacts. Photo: Yuli Schwarz/IAA

During a routine operation in Jerusalem’s Musrara district last week, officers from the Lev HaBira Police Station stopped a suspicious car that was traveling in the wrong direction on a one-way street. While searching the vehicle, the officers discovered a box in the trunk containing unusual archaeological finds.

Since such robberies are unfortunately not uncommon in a country that is rich in historical artifacts and antiquities, there exists in Israel a special authority for dealing with such cases. Experts from the Antiquities Robbery Prevention Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) were quickly called in and could immediately see that the artifacts were remarkably well-preserved items from Roman times, or more precisely: from the time of the Bar Kochba uprisings.

We will be covering this development in greater depth in some of our upcoming Members Only feature articles.


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