Arsonists torch storerooms with 4,000-year-old artifacts
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Arsonists torch storerooms with 4,000-year-old artifacts

Irreparable damage inflicted to antiquities salvaged during excavation at Tel Kishon, near Galilee's Mount Tabor

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

The damaged storerooms at Tel Kishon on June 16, 2015. (Courtesy of the the Israeli Antiques Authority)
The damaged storerooms at Tel Kishon on June 16, 2015. (Courtesy of the the Israeli Antiques Authority)

Arsonists in northern Israel torched two storerooms filled with artifacts found at a nearby salvage excavation at Tel Kishon on Monday. Some of the antiquities were over 4,000 years old.

The blaze inflicted irreparable damage to the antiquities, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement Tuesday morning. The authority lodged a report with the police, who opened an investigation into the incident.

The excavations at Tel Kishon were being conducted to prevent damage to artifacts during roadwork on Route 65, near Mount Tabor in the Galilee. Among the antiquities found, and damaged in the blaze, were Bronze Age pottery and weapons from the late 4th millennium and early third millennium BCE.

“It’s significant and serious damage to the study of historical objects [belonging to] everyone,” Dr. Amir Golani, the IAA archaeologist running the dig, said.

Tools scorched by the fire in Tel Kishon on June 16, 2015. (Courtesy of the the Israeli Antiques Authority)
Tools scorched by the fire in Tel Kishon on June 16, 2015. (Courtesy the Israeli Antiques Authority)
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