It sounds like the plot of a blockbuster summer movie, but instead it’s an initiative of the Israeli government that’s underway in the Judean desert. In an effort to foil antiquities robbers and preserve Israel’s history, the Israeli government is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers with a team of archaeologists to find and secure historical artifacts in the cliffs of the Judean wilderness.
The cliffs are so challenging to the project, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) had to get permission to build a new trail up the cliffs—and still rappelling-equipment will be necessary. The initial location for the project is the “Cave of the Skulls”, and the most notable target is saving the remaining Dead Sea Scrolls. … Continue Reading