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Thief Returns Stolen Israeli Artifacts After 20 Years – With a Note


After stealing millennia-old artifacts from the Gamla archaeological site in northern Israel, the thief returned them with a note: “They brought me nothing but trouble. Don’t steal antiquities.”

Amos Cohen, an employee at the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures in Be’er Sheva, could not believe his eyes last week when he opened a bag left in the museum’s courtyard: two sling stones, used in antiquities as artillery, were laying in the bag.

A typed note attached to the bag by an anonymous individual read: “These are two Roman ballista balls from Gamla, from a residential quarter at the foot of the summit. I stole them in July 1995 and since then they have brought me nothing but trouble. Please, do not steal antiquities!”

The museum director, Dr. Dalia Manor, rushed to report the incident to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), and soon these stone projectiles will join other ballista balls from Gamla that are researched at the National Treasures Department. Many other stones such as these are on display at the Gamla Nature Reserve.

The sling stones and the note that accompanied them. (Dr. Dalia Manor, the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures)


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