MIDEAST ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES FRAUD

Israel’s archaeological authorities investigator, Amir Ganor, left, displays a jar dated from the 8th century b.c with forged scripts during a press conference in the police headquarters in Jerusalem, Wednesday Dec. 29, 2004. Israeli police indicted four antiquities collectors and dealers Wednesday, accusing them of running a sophisticated forgery ring that created a trove of fake biblical artifacts, including some hailed as among the most important archaeological objects ever uncovered in the region. Also seen in the picture from right, Gil Kleiman, police spokesman, Shaul Naim, chief investigator of Jerusalem’s police, and Shuka Dorfman, head of Israel’s archaeological authorities. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)