SHADOW HUNTERS: Archaeologists and volunteers at the Cave of Skulls in the Judean Desert. Tomer Appelbaum

Searching for the Next Dead Sea Scrolls

A group of archeologists are in a race with antiquities thieves to find artifacts in the Judean Desert. Haaretz joins the diggers as they explore the Cave of Skulls, an inaccessible space below a cliff top.

One day in 2009, rumors of an extremely rare archaeological artifact began circulating the antiquities black market: a papyrus bearing 15 lines of Hebrew writing. If it actually existed, the artifact must have...

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