Antiquities robbers were caught destroying an ancient gate and mosaic in the Soger ruin in the Western Galilee (drone photos: Roni Sharon)
No drugs on history:
yesterday (Monday) Kfar Qasim station policemen handed over to the Antiquities Authority's Robbery Prevention Unit a box with ancient objects that had been abandoned in the area.
The police said that during a proactive search they conducted in an open area in Kfar Qasim as part of the fight against the possession of drugs and weapons, 60 cannabis plants, about four kilograms of a substance suspected to be a drug, and the box of ancient items were located and seized
. Among other things, in pots, jugs and bowls, most of which are from the Early and Middle Bronze Age (about 3500 years ago on average). The ancient vessels were probably used as offering vessels that were placed in graves in the belief that they would be used by the dead in the next world. Near the site, the inspector identified ancient burial caves that had been robbed Recently, some of them still had digging tools left.An investigation was opened to locate the perpetrators of the robbery.
The box with the offering vessels seized in Kfar Qasim (photo: Israel Antiquities Authority, Yuli Schwartz)
Most of the Early and Middle Bronze Age (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority, Yuli Schwartz)
According to Amir Ganor, director of the robbery prevention unit at the Antiquities Authority, "The antiquities that were found may be impressive, but in fact it is a picture that makes the heart sad. Any antiquities that are disconnected from their archaeological context is a piece that is torn from the puzzle of our heritage."
"Any antiquities that are disconnected from their archaeological context is a piece that is torn from our heritage" (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority, Yuli Schwartz)
The inspector of the Antiquities Authority examines the findings seized in the box (photo: The Antiquities Authority, Yuli Schwartz)
According to Eli Escozido, director of the Antiquities Authority, "It is sad that due to greed for money there are those who delete our chapters in the past. The anti-robbery unit at the Antiquities Authority works day and night to catch the antiquities robbers."