Ancient artifacts found in raid on private home
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Ancient artifacts found in raid on private home

The Israel Antiquities Authority says a tip led to the seizure of hundreds of looted items in northern Israel

Some of the artifacts seized in an Israel Antiquities Authority raid in northern Israel (photo credit: Courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)
Some of the artifacts seized in an Israel Antiquities Authority raid in northern Israel (photo credit: Courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

Officers from the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Police found several hundred ancient artifacts in a raid on a private home in a village in northern Israel, the IAA announced Monday.

The artifacts included metal weights, arrowheads, and about 300 ancient coins, including some dating to the Hellenistic period more than 2,000 years ago, the IAA said.

The raid in the Druze village of Beit Jann took place Sunday after authorities were tipped off.

The officers also found metal detectors used to search antiquities sites for artifacts. According to Israeli law, removing artifacts from sites is illegal and all items belong to the state.

Two suspects were arrested, questioned and released on bail, the IAA said.

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