The Mystery of Israel's Ancient Abandoned Cities

The ancient inhabitants of Negev cities abandoned their homes more than 1,000 years ago. Archaeologists are studying the refuse and food scraps they left behind to try to fathom why they left.

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“Breakfast! Come to breakfast!,” shouts Prof. Guy Bar-Oz, head of the archaeology department at the University of Haifa, as he strolls among the ruins of the ancient city of Shivta. “Half the time I’m like a...