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Israel finds cave said to have contained Dead Sea scrolls

Location: Qumran, Israel
February 9, 2017

An undated handout photo made available by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology on 09 February 2017 shows students filter material that has been discovered by archeologists in a cave on the cliffs west of Qumran, near the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, Israel. According to a university press release, the excavation of the cave revealed that at one time it contained Dead Sea scrolls. Numerous storage jars and lids from the Second Temple period were found hidden in niches along the walls of the cave and deep inside a long tunnel. Until now, it was believed that only 11 caves had contained scrolls. With the discovery of this cave, scholars have now suggested that it would be numbered as Cave 12. The excavators are the first in over 60 years to discover a new scroll cave and to properly excavate it. The excavation was supported by the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria, by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

Credit: EPA
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