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More Dead Sea Scrolls may be hidden in newly discovered caves



There are more Dead Sea Scrolls hidden in two newly discovered caves in Israel.

LiveScience reports that the caves named 53b and 53c are located near the caves famous artifacts have been found. However, archaeologists digging out the sites have not yet found new roles.

In a talk presented at the American Schools of Oriental Research's Denver meeting last month, archaeologists Randall Price of Liberty University and Oren Gutfeld of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem introduced the cave 53b revealed their secrets. Earlier this year, a rare bronze cooking pot and an old oil lamp were found in the cave. "Other finds contained large numbers of potters who presented storage jars, bottles, cups, and cooking pots as well as fragments of woven textiles, braided ropes, and strings," they explain in an abstract from their newspaper.

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Archaeologists note that the caves have at least partially escaped the attention of raiders in recent decades. "The significance of this discovery includes new evidence that the caves south of Qumran are sealed places, although Bedouins have attempted to plunder these places," they write in a summary.

  The caves near Qumran in the west edge of the Dead Sea, the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Dated 1950.

The caves of Qumran on the western edge of the Dead Sea, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were located. Dated 1950.

The first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1946 and 1947 in the Qumran Caves in the Judean Desert. Other scrolls were found in the following years until 1956. A total of 1,000 ancient religious manuscripts were discovered. The fragile fragments of parchment and papyrus were preserved for 2000 years thanks to the dark, dry conditions in the caves.

LiveScience reports that most of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 11 caves discovered between 1946 and 1956. Scroll was found in a 12th cave discovered in 2017. Rollers, scroll wrappers, Early Bronze Age seals, Neolithic arrowheads and pottery were also discovered in the cave.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls are a constant source of fascination. Earlier this year, researchers from the University of Haifa announced that they had translated one of the last two parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

In October, the Bible Museum in Washington DC confirmed that five of its 16 Dead Sea Scrolls fragments were fakes.

Chris Ciaccia of Fox News contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers


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