Herodotus Returns

Israeli exhibition about theft of antiquities is robbed
January 24, 2010, 6:56 pm
Filed under: Alexander the Great, Israel | Tags: , ,

The gods of archaeology are smirking. The ‘Antiquities Theft of Israel’ exhibit in Israel has been robbed. Among other things, thieves made off with a silver ring belonging to Alexander the Great.

Organisers of the “Antiquities Theft in Israel” in Jerusalem could not have chosen a more fitting name for their exhibition.

On Wednesday burglars broke into the a museum in Ashdod where hundreds of artefacts recovered from the black market were on show and snatched several valuable items, including a silver ring belonging to Alexander the Great.

The newspaper Haaretz said the robbers also took ancient silver coins and other items from archaeological digs including a bronze spear, two gold earrings, some pottery and coins from the Hellenistic period.

The exhibit at the Korin Maman Museum in the coastal city of Ashdod was set up to educate the Israeli public about efforts to tackle antiquities theft.

More on the robbery.


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