The hoard spans 2,000 years of history.
People have been increasingly using metal detectors to find coins from archaeological sites. This is done by trespassing, and also includes destruction of unexcavated sites. One big problem this causes, as Dr. Eitan Klein explained, is that coins are one of the clues helping archaeologists date sites and the other artifacts that are found nearby. Dr. Klein is the deputy director of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Theft Prevention Unit.
IAA announced an arrest in Kfar Kana. The hoard they have recovered consists of two hundred thirty-two coins. The coins date to the Byzantine, Roman, Ottoman, Hellenistic, and Persian periods, the 5th century B.C.E. to the 16th century C.E. They are now being studied by the IAA. Read more about this arrest and recovery here.
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