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NOVA; Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land


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Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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In a gloomy cave perched high in a canyon near the Dead Sea, archaeologists made a startling discovery in 1960: a bag containing letters written on papyrus nearly 2,000 years ago. The letters were written by one of the great figures of Jewish history, the rebel Bar- Kokhba, who led a heroic guerilla uprising against the Romans. Biblical scholar Richard Freund returns to the cave with the latest archaeological techniques, hoping to find more traces of Bar-Kokhba's epic struggle. Instead, Freund comes up with tantalizing new finds that lead him to a radical and controversial theory. Could the treasure concealed in the cave be a long-lost relic of the great temple in Jerusalem destroyed by the Romans? NOVA joins Freund in a fascinating detective hunt that plunges him into the heated scholarly debates of Biblical archaeology.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land,” 09/22/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1F21CBE470154EDDA4F7E9961EB74DB2.
MLA: “NOVA; Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land.” 09/22/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1F21CBE470154EDDA4F7E9961EB74DB2>.
APA: NOVA; Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1F21CBE470154EDDA4F7E9961EB74DB2
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