Archaeologists vs robbers in Israel’s race to find ancient scrolls

The disposable paper face masks offer little protection from the clouds of dust that fill the cliffside cave where Israeli archaeologists are wrapping up the largest excavation in the Judean desert of the past half-century.

Clipped into safety harnesses, volunteers stand at the cave opening, 250 meters (820 feet) above a dry river bed that leads to the lowest spot on earth, the Dead Sea.

They sift through an endless supply of dirt-filled buckets, and the dust they throw in the air reaches the far corners of the cave where a dozen workers crawling on hands and knees can’t help but cough.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeologists-vs-robbers-in-Israels-race-to-find-ancient-scrolls-455871

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