Sorry, Here's Your Mosaic Back

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority recently received an unusual package in the mail from the United States - nine small bags full of white mosaic stones.

In an accompanying letter, Gail Weeks of Florida wrote that she had been touring Caesarea National Park with her husband when she picked up the mosaic tiles. Only later did they notice in their pamphlet that taking antiquities is forbidden.

Weeks also wrote that she thought there might be more stones in the sand, and asked that they tell her if anything was found.

Along with the stones, Weeks sent a parks authority map, and marked where she found the mosaic.

"This is the second time I recall someone returning an antiquity they took," said the parks authority's chief archaeologist, Dr. Tsvika Tsuk. "A Roman stone we had set up in Makhtesh Ramon disappeared, and when a news report appeared, the person who took it realized he had made a mistake and returned it."

Tsuk said the roughly cut white stones that returned from Florida to Caesarea had come from the floor of a house or an agricultural installation.