Archaeologists searching everywhere for the holy arc that is mentioned briefly in the holy scriptures are looking in the wrong place. The arc went to heaven. Jesus is the new covenant (agreement).
6—8. Invasion of the Chaldeans and their Entrance into the City after the Sacred Vessels were hidden and the City’s Walls overthrown by Angels
“I, Baruch was grieving over Zion, and lamenting over the captivity which had come upon the people.”
7 “And I saw him descend into the Holy of Holies, and take from there the veil, and holy ark, and the mercy-seat, and the two tables, and the holy raiment of the priests, and the altar of incense, and the forty-eight precious stones, wherewith the priest was adorned and all the holy vessels of the tabernacle.”
Here’s an intelligent discussion about the subject: The Biblical World