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Israel Wards Off Antiquities Thieves Above Dead Sea

Tzeelim Canyon, above the Dead Sea in Israel (Photo: flickr/orientalizing)

Throughout history, the greatest threat to the preservation of said history has often been thieves and looters. Aware of this threat against the important artifacts across the Holy Land, Arutz Sheva's Mike Smith reports that Israeli authorities are protecting a cave above a desert canyon from those who would steal important biblical and historical objects:

It may be the world's most unusual anti-theft operation, set in a cave high above a desert canyon, the blue of the Dead Sea visible in the distance.  

Israeli authorities have been at work at the site, believed to have been used by ancient refugees, seeking to rescue important archaeological remains - possibly including the next Dead Sea Scrolls.

The aim is to do so before the artifacts are looted, a real threat that has occurred in the past.

That means deploying teams of archaeologists and ragtag bands of volunteers who descend about 80 meters (260 feet) down a cliff with the help of ropes to what is known as the Cave of the Skulls, the Tzeelim Canyon plunging below.

Some then crawl inside the recesses of the limestone cave on their hands and knees, headlamps shining in the darkness, and scoop rock and dirt into buckets that are carried back to the entrance...

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