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It's undeniable that this satellite image of the Al Jawf oasis in southeastern Libya is incredibly striking, with large irrigated plots standing out in contrast to their barren surroundings. But, a little like staring at clouds, their layout is enough to get your imagination running wild.

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The treasure was kept mostly in two wooden chests and locked away in a bank vault: thousands of coins, jewellery and figurines, some around 2600 years old. For decades it sat in the bank, unattended despite the historical and monetary value. Then, as a popular uprising erupted around the downtown bank last winter, someone entered the vault and made off with the trove.