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reply to post by diggindirt
Way back when, when people found something... they sold it.
Do you know how the Dead Sea Scrolls were found? You are about to read the most extraordinary and thrilling archaeological adventure of the 20th century.
Once upon a time in the winter of 1946-47 is when our story starts. The place is the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea in Palestine. Picture a lost goat running up a cliff and into a limestone cave. A young Arab Shepherd is close behind. The Shepherd throws a rock into the cave to get the goat’s attention. He misses the goat but hits something. Strange sounds come from the cave. In the stillness of the air the Shepherd hears the sounds of broken pottery. Jum’a Muhammed the young Bedouin Shepherd yells out to his two cousins to join him.
It is uncertain which cousin first noticed the cave. Muhammed Ahmed el-Hamed, known as Muhammed the Wolf claims he was the first to enter the cave. The third teen-age cousin that accompanied the Bedouin was the oldest. His name was Khalil Musa.
These three Shepherd boys first took three scrolls out of the cave. This cave would soon be known as Qumran Cave #1. These scrolls included the complete Isaiah scroll, the Manual of Discipline, and the Habakkuk Commentary. From this cave the boys found four more scrolls. They now had seven scrolls of antiquity. What would they do with them?
The Bedouin Offer Scrolls for Sale3
On April 1947 Jum’a and Khalil, the Shepherd boys took these scrolls over to Bethlehem. They showed what they had to various antiquity dealers. One of these dealers suggested the boys go to Khalil Iskander Shahin, a Syrian Orthodox Christian who owned a cobbler shop and had an antiquities shop in the back. This cobbler was simply known as Kando. Kando offered Jum’a and Khalil £5 for the scrolls. In the future Kando would act as a middleman for the Bedouin.
It is not right to confiscate everything someone owns in order to decide if during the time purchases were made if any laws were broken and so on and so forth. People sell artifacts they find... its always been a fact of life. You cannot hold someone to new laws that were not even thought of during the time purchases were made.
You don't and never had had to dig up graves to find artifacts... never... they sell them on the street for goodness sake.edit on 3-4-2014 by OpinionatedB because: (no reason given)
reply to post by diggindirt
No, I'm not okay with people having dead bodies, yet museums do it everyday. Nothing gives them the right just the same as nothing gives anyone else the right.
But then... I don't believe in desecrating the dead.. and museums and archeologists etc do it every day, for a living.
As far as my grandmother, well... if its my child that sells her dead body then there is simply not much I can say about it... their great-grandmother must have been theirs to sell. If someone dug up a grave looking for rings or jewelry or other items in the grave with her... more power to them. Not like she took it with her.
My TV is no safer than anything that wasn't specifically on the warrant related to his property. Period.
edit on 3-4-2014 by OpinionatedB because: (no reason given)
FBI spokesman Drew Northern called 91-year-old Donald C. Miller of Waldron "an amateur archaeologist," who had collected the artifacts over his lifetime. * "Mr. Miller has a large collection of artifacts and we are working with him to help him repatriate those items to the appropriate folks," Northern said. "There are treaties and statutes that deal with repatriation of cultural artifacts, and Mr. Miller is working with us to return those." Northern said he couldn't specify whether the artifacts in question were of native American or foreign origin. "But they are items of great cultural value that Mr. Miller has amassed in his private collection over the years, and the FBI is there, we have our resources meticulously cataloging and collecting and working with Mr. Miller to preserve these items," Northern said. Northern said Miller had contacted the FBI about returning the items, but couldn't elaborate on why Miller was looking to repatriate the artifacts now. "There's no way to know at this point how long the process will take," Northern said. "The goal is to do this as quickly as possible, also maintaining the integrity of the process and protecting the cultural items."