An artifact that was stolen over a decade ago has been returned back by the anonymous thief. The thief felt it is time to right his wrong since the world is coming to an end with the outbreak of Coronavirus.
The 2,000 year-old artifacts is a ballistic stone (catapult bolt) at the Jerusalem Walls National Park in the City of David.
The middle man between the anonymous thief and state treasury took upon himself not to reveal the identity of the person that stole the artifact , he explained that “It involved two ‘shababniks’ (rebellious youth), who, 15 years earlier, toured at the City of David site and came across a display of ballista stones, which were catapulted at fortifications.” “One of the boys took one of the stones home. Meanwhile, he married and raised a family, and told me that for the past 15 years the stone is weighing heavily on his heart. And now, when he came across it while cleaning for Passover, together with the apocalyptic feeling the Coronavirus generated, he felt the time was ripe to clear his conscience, and he asked me to help him return it to the Israel Antiquities Authority.”
The Inspector at the Antiquities Robbery Prevention Unit from the Israel Antiquities Authority appreciated the man for returning the stolen item. He said; “We commend the return of the artifact and appeal to anyone who has taken an archaeological artifact, to take a weight off their heart and return it to the State Treasury.
These artifacts, which are thousands of years old, are our national treasure. They tell the story of The Land and of who resided here before us, and should be documented and displayedIt was noted that artifact was part of the remnant from the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, according to Jerusalem Archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority, Dr. Yuval Baruch.
Baruch continued that they “were ancient weapons, which were used to hurl stones like the one returned at the top of the fortress walls in order to distance the protectors of the city, who stood at the top.”
“Additional stones of this type have been uncovered in Jerusalem, at, among other places, the area of the Russian Compound near the estimated path of the Third Wall, which was the external wall of Jerusalem during the time of the Second Temple.
In the excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority there, a battlefield was uncovered, with tens of ballista stones scattered on the ground,” He added.