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Stacks of Stolen Historic Artifacts Seized in Acre

looted antiquities recovered by police from the city of Acco. clay pots pottery artifacts. Clay pots (Photo: IAA/ASHERNET)

Israeli authorities find looted 4,000-year-old artifacts and return them to the state.

The Jewish Press reports:

Over the weekend, Acre police inspectors stopped a suspicious vehicle which, after examination, was found to contain dozens of old objects from the past 100 years or so, Srugim reported Monday. But mixed in with those relatively trivial objects, police discovered truly ancient artifacts, some of which are 4,000 years old, which are suspected to have been stolen from archaeological digs around Israel.

Antique traders in Israel must be certified by the Israel Antiquities Authority, and the number of these approved traders is small, because of a 1978 law making all the antique relics found in Israel past that year property of the state. So that the few legitimate antique merchant may only trade in objects discovered more than 39 year ago.

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