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Silence the archaeologists. Any means necessary.

The Talpiot Find

a novel by
John Evan Garvey
Grad-student Marc isn’t hoping for a spectacular archaeological discovery to catapult his career right from the start. He just wants to graduate. His assignment on this dig site in the Talpiot district of Jerusalem, near the alleged Jesus ossuary tomb, hardly seems likely to produce anything of note, much less spectacular. An ancient trash pit had been discovered the previous summer while the dig team excavated a twelfth-century well. Marc is now down in the well methodically uncovering unexceptional pottery sherds and animal bones thrown out with the rest of the scraps from meal preparations twenty-six centuries ago. But then he finds a human skeleton. When the human bones turn out to be as old as the garbage around them, the archaeologists wonder if the person, apparently dumped into the pit, was a murder victim. And then Marc finds clay tablets, right next to the skeleton, carbon-dated to the same time frame as the skeleton and the surrounding rubbish. The tablets actually turn out to be an important find, a portion of Torah written in ancient Hebrew Canaanite, seventh century BCE. Are they related at all to the skeleton, and the murder? Or is their location coincidental? What are the tablets doing in a trash pit? Bearing the tetragrammaton, they should’ve been placed in a genizah. Why were they discarded? In a trash pit? Near a corpse? Of a murder victim?
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Marc
Marc

Occupation: Grad student in archaeology

Residence: Los Angeles, USA

Ethnicity: French-American

Religion: Agnostic Atheism (cultural Christian)

Interests: Cosmology, big dogs, Wikipedia, roller coasters, the beach
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Jess
Jess

Occupation: Co-director of the Talpiot dig, one of Marc’s archaeology professors

Residence: Los Angeles, USA

Ethnicity: Jewish-American

Religion: Secular Judaism

Interests: Scuba diving, backpacking, Gregorian chant, American politics
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Kaliyah
Kaliyah

Occupation: Co-director of the Talpiot dig, archaeology professor

Residence: London, England

Ethnicity: Jordanian-English

Religion: Islam (lapsed)

Interests: American movies, English politics, French cuisine, Jordanian pastry
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Yakub
Yakub

Occupation: Undergrad student in archaeology

Residence: Jerusalem, Israel

Ethnicity: Israeli

Religion: Traditional Judaism

Interests: American television, Israeli crime novels, conspiracy theories, online chess, texting
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