IAA warns museums on Bible-era relics

Israel Antiquities Authority experts advised world museums to re-examine their Bible-era relics after Israel indicted four collectors and dealers on charges of forging some of the most important artifacts of recent decades.

The indictments issued after a two year investigation by the Israel Antiquities Authority, labeled as fakes perhaps the two biggest biblical discoveries in the Holy Land -- the purported burial box of Jesus' brother James and a stone tablet with written instructions by King Yoash on maintenance work at the Jewish Temple -- and many other "finds."

In addition, researchers at the Israel Antiquities Authority, using advanced scientific methods, concluded that the inscription on the Ivory Pomegranate,in the collections of the Israel Museum, was added in modern times. The study shows that the ivory object dates to the Late Bronze Age, and that the inscription was added in recent years.

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