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'Return to Cave of Letters' Film
To Screen Feb. 13 at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Feb. 7, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — A film that follows a group of scientists and biblical scholars - including a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire scientist - on an archaeological expedition into the Judean Desert will make its Wisconsin premiere Feb. 13.
The "Return to the Cave of Letters" will be shown as part of the Faculty/Academic Research Forum, scheduled for 12:10 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire.
"Return to the Cave of Letters" explores the religious history of the cave, the theory that inspired the trip to the cave in the Judean Desert and the technology that has allowed the research team to explore the cave. UW-Eau Claire associate professor of geography Dr. Harry Jol's ground penetrating radar (GPR) research is prominently displayed in the video.
Jol was part of the 1999 expedition team that traveled to the Cave of Letters, located in the middle of a canyon wall near the Dead Sea. The floor of the cave is covered with huge boulders, making it difficult for the scientists to locate important artifacts. GPR had been used in archaeology before but rarely in a cave. GPR sends a signal into the rocks, which comes back to a computer that generates an image of the subsurface. This allowed researchers to see potential habitation layers and gaps between the rocks, where artifacts would most likely be found. An endoscope, a piece of modern medical equipment, was then used to locate and take pictures of artifacts.
Jol will discuss the expedition during the Feb. 13 presentation. For more information, contact Jol at (715) 836-3472.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 7, 2002