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12th Dead Sea Scrolls cave discovered in Israel

Researchers have found a brand new collapse Israel that they are saying as soon as held Useless Sea Scrolls, making it simply the 12th such cave of its variety discovered. The discover is thus a milestone, in keeping with the Hebrew College of Jerusalem.

The cave was looted lengthy earlier than the archeologists excavated it, however inside they discovered telltale indicators that scrolls had been there: damaged storage jars and lids on its edges and in a tunnel within the again.

“This thrilling excavation is the closest we’ve come to discovering new Useless Sea scrolls in 60 years. Till now, it was accepted that Useless Sea scrolls had been discovered solely in 11 caves at Qumran, however now there isn’t any doubt that that is the 12th cave,” Oren Gutfeld, an archaeologist on the Hebrew College’s Institute of Archaeology and director of the excavation, stated in a press release.

“Though on the finish of the day no scroll was discovered, and as an alternative we ‘solely’ discovered a chunk of parchment rolled up in a jug that was being processed for writing, the findings point out past any doubt that the cave contained scrolls that had been stolen.”

Archaeologists additionally discovered a string that may have tied the scrolls, in addition to pottery, flint blades, and arrowheads.

“The findings embody the jars by which the scrolls and their overlaying had been hidden, a leather-based strap for binding the scroll, a material that wrapped the scrolls, tendons and items of pores and skin connecting fragments, and extra,” Gutfeld added.

Fragments of jars that contained stolen scrolls.

Fragments of jars that contained stolen scrolls.


A professor and college students from Liberty College in Virginia additionally helped with the analysis.

The workforce additionally discovered the iron remnants of pickaxes within the cave. The Hebrew College of Jerusalem mentioned that it was looted by Bedouins within the 1950s.

“The vital discovery of one other scroll cave attests to the truth that numerous work stays to be performed within the Judean Desert and finds of giant significance are nonetheless ready to be found,” Israel Hasson, Director-Common of the Israel Antiquities Authority, mentioned within the assertion.

“We’re in a race in opposition to time as antiquities thieves steal heritage property worldwide for monetary acquire.”

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