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2,000-year-old ossuary found in Israel dating back to the Second Temple period.

#1bsballa09Posted 6/29/2011 11:58:20 PM(edited)
http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=227184

Researchers from Bar-Ilan and Tel Aviv universities published a study this week confirming the authenticity of a recently obtained ancient ossuary with unique historical implications that was plundered by antiquities robbers.

The 2,000-year-old ossuary, a stone chest used for secondary burial of bones, belonged to a daughter of the Caiaphas family of high priests.

The front of the ossuary bears an Aramaic inscription from the time of the Second Temple saying “Miriam Daughter of Yeshua Son of Caiaphas, Priests of Ma’aziah from Beth Imri.”

The high priest Yehosef Bar Caiaphas is known for his involvement in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, but the prime importance of the inscription is the discovery that the Caiaphas family was related to the Ma’aziah priestly course, one of the 24 divisions of Kohens that took turns maintaining the schedule of offerings at the Temple in Jerusalem.

The ossuary was discovered by antiquities robbers who looted a Jewish tomb of the Second Temple period.

Three years ago, it was acquired by the Antiquities Authority Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery.


Man, I love biblical archaeology, and absolutely despise antiquities robbers. They deserve nothing less than life in prison.
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#2FoxTheSwiftPosted 6/30/2011 12:12:53 AM
Soldiers tend to be even worse than antiquities robbers when it comes to historical artifacts. At least the latter knows the value of what they steal and tend not to destroy it instead.
#3bsballa09(Topic Creator)Posted 6/30/2011 12:30:55 AM
And if the soldiers knowingly destroy antiquities, they deserve life in prison as well. Unless of course it's an absolute 100% life or death situation.

I mean the US destroyed a bunch of ancient Roman structures in Libya simply because there were some pro-Gaddafi forces there. Completely unneeded.
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#4OrangeWizardPosted 6/30/2011 12:48:06 AM
the discovery that the Caiaphas family was related to the Ma’aziah priestly course, one of the 24 divisions of Kohens that took turns maintaining the schedule of offerings at the Temple in Jerusalem.


Okay, so?
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#5FoxTheSwiftPosted 6/30/2011 12:49:15 AM
bsballa09 posted...
And if the soldiers knowingly destroy antiquities, they deserve life in prison as well. Unless of course it's an absolute 100% life or death situation.

I mean the US destroyed a bunch of ancient Roman structures in Libya simply because there were some pro-Gaddafi forces there. Completely unneeded.


US forces absolutely butchered museums in Iraq too, looting, pillaging, and even using some of the artefacts for things like sandbags. It was awful.
#6bsballa09(Topic Creator)Posted 6/30/2011 1:00:51 AM
Okay, so?

So what?
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#7squareandrarePosted 6/30/2011 6:38:17 AM
They deserve nothing less than life in prison.

lol

You realize that these artifacts are objects, not people, right?
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#8FoxTheSwiftPosted 6/30/2011 12:07:31 PM
squareandrare posted...
They deserve nothing less than life in prison.

lol

You realize that these artifacts are objects, not people, right?


While life in prison is harsh, I do agree with the sentiment that ancient historical artefacts are important and understand the frustration of losing such knowledge because of other's greed or idiocy.
#9gamesrgreatPosted 6/30/2011 12:17:13 PM
That is pretty cool, the artifact. The robbers and soldiers are not
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#10bsballa09(Topic Creator)Posted 6/30/2011 12:41:01 PM
lol
You realize that these artifacts are objects, not people, right?


Yes, and? People can go to prison for life by stealing x amount of dollars, and if you steal something that is priceless, is it not worse?
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