Courtesy Hanan Eshel

Vanished vanity’s scant remains. A wooden comb, discovered along with a girl’s plait of hair that it may once have groomed, infuse humanity into archaeologists’ dusty, impersonal pursuits. Picked up by Amos Frumkin during a 1984 exploration of the cave, the comb features both closely spaced and widely spaced teeth, just like a modern comb, but actually matches combs dated to the Second Jewish Revolt against Rome, the BarKokhba Revolt (132–135 A.D.). The finding of this ancient comb inspired the author to undertake an excavation of the cave.