by Julie Borg
Posted 4/10/14, 10:48 am
A midnight raid by Israeli police recently uncovered 11 ancient burial boxes stolen from a cave near Jerusalem. The boxes are believed to be from the Second Temple period (530 BC-70 AD), around the time of Jesus.
Police caught the four thieves as they exchanged the boxes at a military checkpoint just outside the city. They had planned to sell them to collectors, which is illegal since all antiquities discovered in Israel belong to the state.