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Sarcophagus

An employee of the Israel Antiquities Authority cleans an engraving on a sarcophagus as it is displayed for the media near the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh, Sept. 3, 2015. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said on Wednesday that their inspectors and Israeli policemen have revealed the rare sarcophagus after it was concealed by contractors, who damaged it when they incorrectly removed it from the ground and hid it during construction work in the southern city of Ashkelon. The unique 1800 year old limestone sarcophagus, which is sculpted on all sides, weighs about 2 tons and is 2.5 m long.

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