web analytics
September 18, 2014 / 23 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



Rare Artifact Stolen from Tel Shiloh Archaeological Site

The artifact was stolen from the location where it had been found, still lodged in the wall.
kanka

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Tel Shiloh archaeological site.

A recently uncovered rare archaeological artifact was stolen this week from the Tel Shiloh archaeological site.

Tazpit News Agency reported last week about the artifact, a broken clay pitcher lying in a layer of reddish ashes, that helped complete the story of the devastation of Shiloh, the ancient capital of Israel during the First Israelite commonwealth. The ashes found attest to a devastating fire that raged at the site.

The dating of the clay pitcher, 1,050 BCE, correlates with the dating of the events depicted in Samuel I, C. 4. This artifact is one of its kind, and only it can shed light on the biblical mystery it solves.

The same artifact was stolen from the location where it had been found, still lodged in the wall. Only part of it was left behind.

The site administration filed a compliant with the police immediately after the theft had been discovered.

Avital Selah, director of the Tel Shiloh site, told Tazpit News Agency he could not imagine a motive for the theft. “I don’t know what can be done with it; it has no value as an antique, but does have immense historical significance. I believe it may be the act of someone who desired to have the artifact in his possession after hearing about the discovery in the media. I don’t think there was criminal intent here; I don’t think it was a professional job, only poor behavior. I call on the person who took the artifact to return it and save this extremely important historical finding.”

The Tel Shiloh site is now exploring the option of boosting the security system, to prevent such incidents in the future. “These are the treasures of the Tabernacle. We can’t afford to lose them again,” said Selah.

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “Rare Artifact Stolen from Tel Shiloh Archaeological Site”

  1. I believe other important Jewish historical artifacts have been looted and or vandalized before in the Land of Israel.

    It should be obvious that artifacts that prove a connection between the people and land of Israel are a threat to enemies. These important artifacts should be guarded 24-7.

  2. Tim Upham says:

    There are historical artifact shops all around Jerusalem, and they get a great deal of business. You may end up finding this clay pitcher in one of them.

  3. Michael Shea says:

    maybe they thought it was a crown. it might be a womb.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
A home was damaged in a Qassam rocket barrage from Gaza on Friday, August 8, 2014. Miraculously, no one was in the house at the time.
Rocket Fire Against Israel, Cease-fire Broken? Naah, False Alarm Again.
Latest News Stories
Axe confiscated from Arab terrorist suspect by Border Police officers who were operating near Beit Jala on Sept. 18, 2014.

Border Police officers blocked an axe-toting Arab man from carrying out a terror attack near Jerusalem.

A home was damaged in a Qassam rocket barrage from Gaza on Friday, August 8, 2014. Miraculously, no one was in the house at the time.

A Code Red incoming rocket alert was sounded for Gaza Belt and Ashkelon Coastal communities.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says former Pres. Bill Clinton is wrong about PM Netanyahu.

Dual US-Israeli citizen Steven Sotloff was the second American journalist to be beheaded earlier this summer before ISIS turned its attention to victims from other Western nations.

A massive sting operation hauled in 15 suspects and foiled a plot by ISIS to hold a public beheading in Australia.

A 3-hour strike at Ben Gurion International Airport at check-in counters has delayed thousands.

Man running for US senate with campaign slogan, ‘With Jews We Lose.’

Have you seen Menachem Bodner’s twin brother Jeno, or Jolli Gottesman? He’s out there.

Iran scorns as “ridiculous” a US-led anti-ISIS coalition without boots on the ground.

A prison inmate on death row in Connecticut is demanding kosher food, though he’s not really Jewish.

Hamas claimed one of the bank’s clients owed them taxes…

Reports from Lebanon say that Israeli Air Force planes flew over the Marjayoun area in Lebanon, launching flares.

Despite previous claims, Hamas now denies they arrested any rocket crews. So, who do we believe?

Western Wall’s employees, remove thousands of handwritten notes placed between the ancient stones of the Kotel, the Western Wall, Judaism’s second holiest site, in the Old City of Jerusalem. The operation is carried out twice each year: before the Passover festival in the spring and at the Jewish New Year in the fall. The prayer […]

A memorial event with a special photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took place on Monday.

The location of the gas chambers at the notorious Sobibor death camp has been revealed, Yad Vashem announced Wednesday.

Gidon Saar shocked and changed Israel’s political landscape today with his unexpected resignation from politics.

More Articles from Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency
Arab youth throwing a firebomb at Jews.

Palestinian Authority terrorists set off a bomb at a bus stop in Samaria and threw two pipe bombs at passing Jewish drivers in Samaria on Sunday. No one was injured. Police sappers were called to the Rechalim Junction where the bomb exploded. They did not find any other explosive devices and still are searching for […]

The majority of the reactions are against the truce, and all voiced skepticism about its viability.

PA claims – ISIS founded by US in order to destabilize and take control of the Middle East.

“I was amazed and pleased that a rabbi would call the Islamization of Europe a good thing. Likewise I believe an all Jewish Europe would be a great thing too,” Turk said.

Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau stated: “Israel is preparing for the ‘day after’.

Zeidan stated he supports Hamas, even as the missiles landed on his areas, [h]e cannot remain silent, even if [Hamas] missiles land on our heads.

As the cease fire deadline approaches, Hamas is threatening to reignite the further destruction of Gaza…

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rare-artifact-stolen-from-tel-shiloh-archaeological-site/2013/01/17/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: