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Document Found Older Than Dead Sea Scrolls
One of the most important archaeological finds in history was the Dead Sea Scrolls. These documents include some of the earliest written records of the Bible. Now archaeologists say they've found what they claim is the most significant archaeological discovery in Israel since those documents. They found a shard of pottery that's about 3,000 years olda thousand years older than the Dead Sea Scrolls. This would have been about the time of the legendary King David.

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A Duke University-led research team will use an $814,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop collaborative online editing tools for ancient documents preserved on papyrus.
The new electronic editing environment, when completed, will enable scholars - regardless of their location -- to research, retrieve and display ancient texts, supplementary data and digital images of papyri.

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Codex Sinaiticus, the world's oldest Bible, goes online
Almost 1700 years after scribes in the Holy Land first created it from vellum, one of the worlds oldest Bibles this week makes its debut on the internet.

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A 3-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew that scholars think dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is causing a quiet stir in biblical and archaeological circles, especially because it might speak of a messiah who will rise from the dead after three days.
If such a messianic description really is there, it will contribute to a developing re-evaluation of both popular and scholarly views of Jesus, because it suggests that the story of his death and resurrection was part of a recognized Jewish tradition at the time.

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A secretive encounter with a Bedouin in a desert valley led to the discovery of two fragments from a nearly 2,000-year-old parchment scroll - the first such finding in decades...

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The Mabinogi, also commonly referred to as Mabinogion, is regarded by many as Wales' greatest contribution to European literature.
Mabinogi comes from the word mab, which originally meant boyhood or youth but gradually came to mean a tale of a hero's boyhood and eventually, simply, a tale.

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Fragments of the earliest dated Christian literary manuscript have been found at Deir al-Surian, an ancient monastery in the Egyptian desert. Dating from 411 AD, these were discovered under a collapsed floor of a ninth-century tower. The fragments are from the final page of a codex written in Syriac (an Eastern Aramaic language) which was acquired by the British Museum library in the 19th century.

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A year after the Romans packed up their shields in AD410 and left Britain to the mercy of the Anglo-Saxons, a scribe in Edessa, in what is modern day Turkey, was preparing a list of martyrs who had perished in defence of the relatively new Christian faith in Persia.
In a margin he dated the list November 411. Unfortunately for the martyrs, history forgot them. At some point, this page became detached from the book it belonged to. Since 1840, the volume has been one of the treasures of the British Library. It is known only by its catalogue code: ADD 12-150

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The book -- a 14th-Century, illustrated Hebrew manuscript that miraculously survived religious purges, the Spanish Inquisition, the Holocaust and the Bosnian War -- is housed at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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A 4,000-year-old clay tablet that was "with great probability" illegally smuggled out of Iraq was pulled from eBay minutes before the close of the online auction, the authorities said Tuesday.
Criminal proceedings had started against the seller, identified only as a resident of Zurich, the officials said.
A German archaeologist spotted the tablet, bearing wedge-shaped cuneiform script, on the online auctioneer's Swiss Web site, eBay.ch, a government official said.

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