Archaeologists Get Up Close and Personal With a Man Who Lived 6,000 Years Ago

With the aid of innovative technology, archaeologists can create microhistories – reconstructions of the lifestyles of individual people in ages past. A revealing look at Judean Desert life in the Chalcolithic era

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Hai Ashkenazi
Hai Ashkenazi

Luck plays no small part in archaeology. True, contemporary research in that field is based on painstaking, precise work, long-term planning and complicated analyses. However, as with Napoleon’s generals, every archaeologist hopes that the goddess of fortune will smile on them in the dig. And she was definitely smiling on the archaeologists who, one morning in 1993, entered a small cave in Wadi Makkukh in the Judean Desert, not far from Jericho.

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