Eleven “bone boxes” recovered in Israel

The Israeli Antiques Authority (IAA) recovered eleven ossuaries – boxes filled with bones – during an illegal transaction. The boxed date back 2,000 year and have Jewish symbols on them, along with text written in Hebrew and Greek.

The ossuaries contain bones and pottery from ancient Israel, and police believe the boxes were recently looted from a cave in Jerusalem during construction work. Ossuaries were common in the 2nd century BC as a second burial.


Researchers have been able to decipher the Hebrew on the side of a couple of the boxes. The one bares the name “Ralfin”, while the other has the name “Yo’azar”. There is also Greek text but it has been unable to be deciphered.

Source: Archaeology.org


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