On two occasions during our excavations before 1939, we had to release our workers, who had been called [back to their villages] to dig ditches [to capture the locusts] in the fields in the vicinity of Ras Shamra. Millions of young locusts crawled on the ground [into the ditches where they were then burned]. The mature insects flew over Minet el-Beida and Ras Shamra in thick clouds which darkened the sky.