[This post is from an archive; the original message was sent Wed 12/29/2004 12:54 PM.]
According to Reuters & the Associated Press, this morning Israeli police indicted Oded Golan (the James Ossuary collector) along with 3 antiquities dealers (Robert Deutsch, Shlomo Cohen, & Faiz al-Amaleh) on 18 counts including forgery, receiving fraudulent goods, damaging antiquities, & obstruction of justice.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7201193 [Article no longer available online.]
Naturally, this is just an indictment & will have to be proven in court, but its impact on Biblical archaeology will be profound & long-lasting irrespective of the outcome. I would hope that its impact on LMLK research will be minimal.
P.S. I’m presently working on a detailed E-mail review of David Ussishkin’s new landmark 5-volume series of books on Lachish, as well as another controversial issue surrounding excavations at Biblical Hebron & the LMLK jar handles found there. Expect to receive it in mid-January.