Ancient Dead Sea Scrolls Are Found Again

Archaeologists have recently found small ancient biblical scroll fragments nearby the Dead Sea region. The discovery is announced by the archaeologists of the Israeli government.

Fragment of the Twelve Minor Prophets scroll, written in Greek.
Credits: Shai Halevi/Israel Antiquities Authority

These types of manuscripts are found almost after 60 years of the first discovery of Dead Sea Scrolls in systemic excavations. They have also come across a mummified child. The date of this mummified child has been estimated 6000 years before the present.

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Qumran Caves, Tamarah, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

The Papyrus, parchment, and bronze manuscripts of Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in the 1940s to 60s in Qumran Caves of West Bank on the north coast of the Dead Sea. These are early Jewish and Hebrew sacred manuscripts dated from 3rd Century BCE to 3rd Century CE. These scrolls comprise the Hebrew Bible canon, extra-biblical manuscripts. Currently, these scrolls are stored in Israel Museum’s climate-controlled laboratories.

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Dead Sea Scroll 175, Testimonia, from Qumran Cave 4. The Jordan Museum,
Credits: Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

These recent discoveries are the outcome of immense searches by the Israeli government. They have excavated around 500 caves in search of ancient manuscripts and early artifacts during the last 5 years. According to Israeli Antiquities authorities, there are high chances that robbers will loot this heritage if they will not excavate them properly. Apart from the manuscript, archaeologists have also found a 6,000-year-old incompletely mummified skeleton enfolded in fabric. The skeleton belongs to a child and its skin, muscles, and hair are still somewhat conserved.

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