A new Dead Sea Scrolls discovery has sent experts abuzz today, February 9. It was found in a new cave in Israel that allegedly contained the scrolls before. As the most substantial update after 60 years, people from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has dubbed it as a “huge milestone.”
The cave, which is reportedly the 12th of its kind, was allegedly looted a long time ago. However, the archaeologists that excavated it still found a lot of telltale clues inside. These included broken storage jars, opened lids and a newly discovered back tunnel. According to experts, all of these hinted that the scrolls used to be there.
Dead Sea Scrolls update after 60 years
The team said the new Dead Sea Scrolls discovery is their biggest reveal unraveled in over six decades. “Until now, it was accepted that Dead Sea scrolls were found only in 11 caves at Qumran,” Oren Gutfeld told Fox News.
The archaeologist from Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology said they are very certain about the 12th cave’s importance. This is in spite of how no scroll was found at the end of their search.
What exactly did the team find?
Among the things they saw was a piece of parchment rolled up in a jug. The team also saw a string believed to have been used to tie the scrolls. There were also pieces of pottery, flint blades and arrowheads.
A faculty member and students from Liberty University in Virginia also participated in the research. They reportedly also found iron remnants of pickaxes inside the alleged 12th cave. Reps from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have long believed that Bedouins looted it back in the 1950s.
The Dead Sea Scrolls discovery this 2017 is said to be important in spite of the lack of concrete evidences. However, experts will have to research thoroughly for months in order to formally release official excavation findings. This is particularly in relation to how it is linked to books of the Bible. The sensitive issue has long been debated on by experts around the world.
“A lot of work remains to be done in the Judean Desert,” Israel Hasson said. The Director-General of the Israel Antiquities Authority added that they believe more important clues are still out there. “They are still waiting to be discovered,” he said.
The team said antiquities thieves allegedly stole heritage assets in exchange for huge money. Because of this, the experts emphasized on their need to rush with the next remaining excavations. This is supposedly necessary so that outsiders won’t be able to loot the caves again.
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