Archeology – 60 pieces of a Dead Sea manuscript discovered 60 years later

Israeli archaeologists find new fragments of a Dead Sea Manuscript in the Jewish desert The first such invention in 60 years.

The Israeli Archaeological Commission, quoted by Haaretz, said that the newly revealed scroll contained excerpts from the book of 12 minor prophets, including Zechariah and Nahum, written primarily in Greek – not in Hebrew and Aramaic as usual.

The new discovery is missing a portion of the scroll of minor prophets discovered in 1952, which includes the prophecy about the end of Micah’s days and the rise of Bethlehem’s ruler.

Some Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest evidence of biblical text found to date. They are a collection of 972 manuscripts, most of which date from 250 BC. C. The first 66 d. A., before the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 d. C.

In the same excavations, archaeologists discovered the world’s oldest basket.

The basket, made from woven reeds, is complete with a lid and is more than 10,500 years old, says Elizabeth Borreto Radiocarbon Dating, a professor at the Weissman Science Institute in Rehoboat. This is the Stone Age, before the arrival of pottery in the region (the Stone Age appeared in East Asia).

Like the later scrolls, the basket survived these years due to the significant heat and drought of its location – the Murabad Caves in the Nahal Dargah Reserve. Also, it had a capacity of about 90 to 100 liters, which suggested to archaeologists that it could be used for storage. However, there is no debris inside to indicate what it might have stored.

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Surveyors also found the remains of a little boy’s naturally mummified remains, probably a woman, covered with a cloth, as if a blanket had been put over him or her, they said. Complete with hair, the body is about 6,000 years old, the curls are about four thousand years old. LAccording to an initial scan by Dr. Hila Mae of Tel Aviv University, the creature, curled up in a fetal state, appears to be between 6 and 12 years old.

In addition, archaeologists have unearthed coins from the days of Bar Cochin’s tragic uprising against the Romans in 133-135 AD. Coins bear common Jewish symbols such as a lute and date palm.

Researchers working in three teams under IAA officers Oriya Amichai, Hoke Hammer and Heim Cohen also found arrows and darts, woven cloths, sandals and lice combs from the time of the uprising.

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