(BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW) — After a decade of inquiry, a seven-year long trial and a March 14th, 2012 verdict declaring defendants Oded Golan and Robert Deutsch not guilty on all counts of forgery, the James Ossuary forgery trial is not over yet.

This morning, Jerusalem District Court Judge Aharon Farkash gave the Israeli government 30 days to support its claim to retain the James Ossuary, Jehoash Tablet and other Israeli antiquities. After the verdict was given, Israel Antiquities Authority prosecutor Dan Bahat petitioned against the return of artifacts to collector Oded Golan, stating that they should be confiscated by the government.

After the government brief is filed in the upcoming 30 days, Golan will have 15 additional days to reply before the court makes a final decision.

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