The Collector's Lair, part 1

An atheist descends into the underworld of the Israeli antiquities trade.

I didn't go to Jerusalem to see the Holy Land. As an atheist and a journalist, I went to explore a curious case of forged biblical artifacts the Israeli authorities were calling "the fraud of the century." My earthly reward was to encounter a set of unusual characters operating in a strange world where money, faith, science and politics are intertwined like nesting snakes. Continue reading at Killing the Buddha

Excerpted from Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land.

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