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Archaeologists vs. robbers in Israel's race to find ancient scrolls

 Reuters 06 June 2019

It’s a real-life case of Indiana Jones in Israel as archaeologists race to uncover ancient artefacts, similar to the Dead Sea Scrolls, before they are snatched up by antiquity robbers. A largescale excavation of desert caves leads a national campaign to recover artefacts left behind by Jewish rebels 2,000 years ago, before they are destroyed or end up on the black market. Guy Fitoussi, a pistol-packing archaeologist with authority to arrest looters, describes the job as “a game, like cat and mouse.” (531 Words) - By Ari Rabinovitch

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A volunteer with the Israeli Antique Authority holds a bone found at the Cave of the Skulls, an excavation site in the Judean Desert near the Dead SeaCredit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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A volunteer with the Israeli Antique Authority holds a tooth found at the Cave of the Skulls, an excavation site in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea.Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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Volunteers with the Israeli Antique Authority work at the Cave of the Skulls, an excavation site in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea.Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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Volunteers with the Israeli Antique Authority work inside the Cave of the Skulls, an excavation site in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea.Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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Volunteers with the Israeli Antique Authority work at the Cave of the Skulls, an excavation site in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea.Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun


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