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Rare Ancient Sarcophagus Discovered In Ashkelon, Israel

An 1,800-year-old stone sarcophagus was discovered at a building site in Ashkelon in southern Israel.

The sarcophagus — one of the rarest ever discovered in Israel — was removed early Wednesday morning from the building site by authority inspectors and Ashkelon police, the authority said in a statement issued Thursday.

Construction workers excavated the coffin last week and hid it under building materials, then poured a concrete floor to hide the evidence of the antiquities site, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Five Palestinian construction workers from the Hebron area who were sleeping at the construction site at the time of the raid were detained and questioned on suspicion of not reporting an ancient discovery and damaging an antiquities site and its artifacts – an offense punishable by five years imprisonment


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