Vendyl Jones famous Nohaide archeologist passed away today at the age of 80.
The world will miss this colourful charecter - who may have been the inspiration for Indiana Jones. According to this Arutz 7 Obit:
His life goals began to take root when he learned, in 1964, that the Copper Scroll had been found in a cave at Qumran, Israel, and that it listed – in coded form – the hiding places of sacred articles such as the Ark of the Covenant. In April 1967, he moved his family to Israel, continuing his studies in the Department of Judaica at Hebrew University and becoming involved in archaeology. He aided the Israeli army during the Six Day War, when his color-blindness helped him detect camouflaged enemy tanks.
He worked on many digs at Qumran and other Judean Desert sites, though he did not receive government support or funding. His most famous find was that of the Ketoret – 900 pounds of reddish powder with a uniquely strong fragrance that he said was the Ketoret, the 11-ingredient incense used in the Holy Temple. Though critics disputed his findings, they were supported by tests conducted at Weizmann Institute and Bar-Ilan University.
Vendyl passed away without having found the arc of the covenant, his life dream. In recent years he had been active in setting up the new Sanehdrin (These types find each other), literally calling for their creation as a moral compass for the world (one wonders what he actually thought of his creation).
The world will be that much more mundane without him.