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Ancient gold coins looted from archaeological sites discovered in Bnei Brak



Hundreds of ancient pieces looted from archaeological sites have been found in a house in Bnei Brak, the Antiquities Authority (IAA) said on Monday.

The artifacts were discovered during an operation by the IAA Theft Prevention Unit.

Among the coins found were gold coins from the Byzantine and Islamic periods, dozens of Hasmonean coins, and hundreds of Roman coins.

The suspect worked as an illegal antique dealer trading in artifacts acquired in legal and illegal markets, as well as smuggling from abroad.

“The illegal trade in coins and antiques creates a revenue opportunity for antiquity looters, and it encourages the theft of antiques and fatal and irreversible damage to sites across the country,” the IAA National Trade Inspector Ilan Hadad.

“The looters, who dig into archaeological sites and destroy them out of greed, cut antiquities out of their archaeological context and erase entire chapters of the history of the Land of Israel – stories that will never be told again,” he said. he added. .

In recent years, the IAA has conducted a rescue operation to examine all the caves near the shores of the Dead Sea, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The caves have been the target of looters for decades.

Among other things, archaeologists have discovered new biblical fragments and a 10,000-year-old woven basket. They found evidence that the antique looters had probably arrived at around 10cm. of the artifact, but stopped digging just before reaching it.