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'Indiana Jones' dig uncovers site of the lost Ark.

A GROUP of real-life Indiana Joneses believe they may have solved one of the mysteries of the lost Ark of the Covenant.

Prof Israel Finkelstein, of Tel Aviv University, is leading an archaeological dig at Kiryat Ye'arim, near Jerusalem, and believes that it is where the Ark was kept for 20 years.

The Ark, with two stone tablets listing the Ten Commandments, was built by the Israelites as they conquered the Holy Land.

It was captured by the Philistines, but after afflicting them with plague and famine, was returned to the Israelites at Kirjath-Jearim.

Archaeologists are now almost certain the town of Kiryat Ye'arim is the same place. Prof Finkelstein said: "It fits the detailed description in Joshua. In Byzantine times, historian Eusebius said that Kirjath-Jearim was nine or 10 miles west of Jerusalem, which this site is."

The team has found no evidence of the Ark itself, but Prof Finkelstein said: "We are not searching for the Ark. We are trying to understand the Ark narrative." The Ark disappeared from Jerusalem in the sixth century BC.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jan 10, 2019
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