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Jewish megadonor barred for life from collecting antiquities

In deal to avoid prosecution, Michael Steinhardt is barred for life from collecting antiquities.

Jewish megadonor barred for life from collecting antiquities

Civil Administration returns artifacts stolen by Arabs

Civil Administration returns ancient archeological artifacts stolen by robbers in the Bethlehem area.

Civil Administration returns artifacts stolen by Arabs

Antiquities thieves operate with impunity during coronavirus crisis

Grave robbers, treasure hunters take advantage of reduced enforcement to plunder archaeological sites in Judea and Samaria.

Antiquities thieves operate with impunity during COVID-19 crisis

Smuggling of antique coins from Gaza foiled

Security inspectors at Gaza crossing discover ancient coins in truck with textile imports.

Smuggling of antique coins from Gaza foiled

Arabs loot ancient Hasmonean fortress

Hasmonean fortress that overlooked ancient Samaria road has become a favorite target for Arab antiquity thieves.

Arabs loot ancient Hasmonean fortress

Biblical city from time of King David discovered

3000-year-old Biblical town of Ziklag, where David hid from King Saul, discovered in southern Israel.

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Rare find: Coin with image of emperor who abolished Sanhedrin

Students find a 1,600-year-old coin with the likeness of Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II, a first of its kind to be discovered in Israel.

Rare find: Coin with image of emperor who abolished Sanhedrin

Rare millennia-old stone mask unearthed in Judea

Stone Age mask discovered intact in Hevron Hills in Judea.

Rare millennia-old stone mask unearthed in Judea

Arabs destroy ancient Jewish village

Arab antiquities robbers caught red-handed destroying ancient Jewish village in northern Israel with a bulldozer. 'The sights are shocking.'

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Arab antiquities thieves sentenced to prison

Prison and probation for Arabs caught stealing Samarian antiquities.

Arab antiquities thieves sentenced to prison

1,800-year-old mosaic found in Israeli park

Well-preserved Byzantine-era mosaic discovered in national park in Caesarea.

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Ancient art seized from philanthropist Michael Steinhardt

Authorities seize ancient art from home, office of philanthropist Michael Steinhardt.

Ancient art seized from philanthropist Michael Steinhardt

Ancient coin discovered in Halamish

9-year-old girl finds coin from time of Temple with inscription 'Holy Jerusalem.'

Ancient coin discovered in Halamish

Stolen Second Temple period antiquities recovered in Samaria

Arab resident of Samarian village of Hawara arrested after stolen coins, jewelry, figurines and other ancient artifacts found in his home.

Stolen Second Temple period antiquities recovered in Samaria

ISIS jihadists damage Roman monument in Palmyra

ISIS jihadists have severely damaged a major Roman monument ancient Syrian city, says antiquities official.

ISIS jihadists damage Roman monument in Palmyra

US claims antiquities looted by ISIS to block their resale

The US cracks down on the resale of antiquities looted by ISIS.

 US claims antiquities looted by ISIS to block their resale

Revolutionary court win against antiquity thieves

High Court rejects motion by antiquities dealers, who will now be forced to register their whole inventory.

'Revolutionary' court victory against antiquity thieves

The 'Barbaric' Islamist War on Antiquities

At annual Jerusalem conference, world experts lament ISIS funding war via illegal antiquities trade, Waqf barbaric Temple Mount destruction.

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Bible Museum Inks Israel Antiquities Deal

Museum of the Bible signs multi-year deal with Israel Antiquities Authority to display ancient artifacts unearthed in Israel.

Bible Museum in Washington Inks Israel Antiquities Deal

US Returns Hundreds of Iraqi Artifacts After Raid

ISIS's top financier caught with artifacts raided from Assyrian-era historical sites; they were likely to be sold on the black market.

US Returns Hundreds of Iraqi Artifacts After Raid on ISIS

Palestinian Drafts Kids to Rob Antiquities 'Demon'

Issawiya resident tells children a 'demon' hid 'treasure' in important Second Temple-era cave, is caught by IAA.

Palestinian Drafts Kids to Rob Antiquities Because of 'Demon'

UNESCO Condemns ISIS Destruction of Antiquities

UN’s cultural body condemns destruction by ISIS of antiquities in Syrian city.

UNESCO Condemns ISIS Destruction of Palmyra Antiquities

Rare Inscription from Davidic Times Unearthed

Israel Antiquity Authority (IAA) discovers 3,000 year-old jar with mysterious name engraved: Eshba'al.

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13-Year-Old Unearths Wine Press in Jerusalem

Antiquities Authority announces the discovery of a 1,400-year-old wine press in Jerusalem - unearthed by a teen.

13-Year-Old Unearths Ancient Wine Press in Jerusalem

ISIS 'Barbarians' Threaten Ancient Syrian City

Islamic State fighters bearing down on ancient Palmyra, a world heritage site, as Syrian regime battles to keep them out.

ISIS 'Barbarians' Threaten to Destroy Ancient Syrian City

UNESCO: ISIS Destruction of Nimrud 'Horrific'

ISIS is 'clearly determined to wipe out all traces of the history of Iraq's people,' UNESCO head Irina Bokova states.

UNESCO: ISIS Destruction of Nimrud a 'Mad', 'Horrific' Act

Report: ISIS Destroys Ancient City of Hatra

UNESCO condemns 'appalling' destruction as reports surface city has been razed; archaeologists lament loss.

Report: ISIS Destroys Ancient City of Hatra

Hollande Condemns 'Barbaric' Museum Destruction

'What the terrorists want to do is destroy all of humanity,' French President Francois Hollande states in wake of museum destruction.

Hollande Condemns ISIS's 'Barbaric' Museum Destruction

US Donors Give Israel Museum Antiques Collection

Art patrons Robert and Renee Belfer donated over 350 artifacts to the Israel Museum for use in its 50th anniversary celebrations.

US Donors Give Israel Museum Rare Antiquities Collection

Antiquities Robbers Caught Selling Rare Ossuaries

Some of the 11 Jewish ossuaries from Second Temple period still held bones, featured Hebrew script listing names of those interred.

Antiquities Robbers Caught Selling Rare Ancient Burial Chests

Att'y Demands Temple Mount Report Publication

Member of committee to preserve Temple Mount antiquities demands that secret report on Waqf be published - for the sake of the public.

Temple Mount Desecration: 'The Public Needs to Know'

Ancient Jewish Texts Found in Afghanistan

Texts found in Afghanistan genizah estimated to be 1000 years old, include writings of Rabbi Saadiah Gaon; unveiling will be next week.

Ancient Jewish Texts Found in Afghanistan to Debut Next Week

US Gave Iran Antiquity to Resume Talks

LA Times reports that in September, US diplomats returned an ancient Iranian chalice to officials in a bid to resume talks.

US Gave Iran Antiquity to Resume Talks

'World's Oldest' Wine Cellar Uncovered in Galilee

Archaeologists have uncovered what may be the world's oldest known wine cellar in Northern Israel - more than 3,700 years old.

'World's Oldest' Wine Cellar Uncovered in Galilee

Leftist Organizations Against Bennett's Coin

Left-wing organizations attack Naftali Bennett for his use of ancient coin in CNN interview, claim removing it from Israel against law.

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Egypt Recovers 90 Artifacts from Jerusalem Auction

Israel helps Egypt recover stolen antiquities; more efforts for recovery possibly in the future

Egypt Recovers 90 Artifacts from Jerusalem Auction

Court Ruling Preserves Caesarea's Antiquities

A court ruled that plans for a new neighborhood in Caesarea would have to be put on hold because of important archaeological artifacts.

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Waqf Continues to Destroy Jewish Antiquities

The Waqf is continuing to destroy Jewish antiquities on the Temple Mount in a direct violation of a court ruling, new report finds.

Report: Waqf Continues to Destroy Jewish Antiquities

Greece: Antiquities Safer in the Ground

After an antiquities theft ring was rounded up and stolen items recovered, exasperated officials are reburying treasures to keep them safe.

Greece: Antiquities Safer in the Ground

Arab Antiquity Thieves Collared

Having already vandalized three Jewish antiquities sites, a gang of Arab thieves was caught while digging.

Antiquities Robbers Caught Red Handed