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3,000 Year Old Treasures Dated to the Time of King David Unveiled

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem offered a unique preview on Monday of an exhibition showcasing 3,000 year-old artifacts recovered from Khirbet Qeiyafa which archaeologists believe could be the biblical city of Sha’arayim, meaning ‘Two Gates’, that is mentioned in the story of the battle of David and the Philistine giant, Goliath.

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How ISIS Makes Money from the Black Market

Imagine: you are window-shopping on a quiet street, perhaps in London or Paris or New York. Something remarkable catches your eye: an ancient coin, a gold chain, a tiny figurine. Impulsively, you enter the shop, where the owner explains to you that the sculpture comes originally from Mesopotamia, that the necklace is Byzantine. It isn’t inexpensive, but the shopkeeper has guaranteed its provenance and the price seems fair; and besides, you quite love it. You say yes, and leave the shop with your new treasure tucked safely in a bag.

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Report: Priceless Syrian Antiques Stolen by ISIS Surface for Sale at Facebook ‘Stores’

Facebook has begun the arduous work of shutting down Arabic-language pages created for selling ancient Syrian artifacts ransacked from areas controlled by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS). The sale of priceless antiques has become a cornerstone of the ISIS economy, as demand skyrockets for the contents of looted museums, temples, and ruins.

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Museums Reluctant to Return Artifacts to Iraq After ISIS Destruction

After years of campaigning for ancient artifacts to be returned from foreign museums to the nations where they were found, archaeologists and museum officials are rethinking the concept of “repatriation”–particularly in Iraq and Syria, where the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has made destruction of historical artifacts a priority.

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Gold Nuggets Stolen from Wells Fargo History Museum

Three masked thieves rammed an SUV into the glass doors of the Wells Fargo History Museum in San Francisco, California Tuesday, holding a guard at gunpoint while they pilfered gold artifacts. Leaving the SUV behind, the smash and grabbers hopped into a getaway sedan and off into the night.