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New Dead Sea Scrolls cave discovered

Archaeologists have found a cave that once housed Dead Sea scrolls in a cliff in the Judean desert - the first such discovery in over 60 years.
Israel's Hebrew University said the ancient parchments were missing from the cave, and were probably looted by Bedouin people in the 1950s.
Storage jars, fragments of a scroll wrapping, and a leather tying string were found at the site.
The Dead Sea scrolls date from as early as the 4th Century BC.

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Jordan to complain to UNESCO over Dead Sea scrolls

Jordan may complain to UNESCO over Israel's exhibition of the Dead Sea scrolls in the US, Jordanian media reported on Sunday.
Faris al-Hamoud, Director of the Department of Antiquities in Jordan, told Jordanian daily Al-Arab Al-Youm that his office plans to notify UNESCO of the international exhibition currently on tour, and complain of Israel's use of stolen Jordanian artifacts.

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The Israel Antiquities Authorities and Google onTuesday launched a joint initiative to create a digital archive of high definition images of the Dead Sea scrolls.
The scrolls, which were discovered broken up into more than 30,000 pieces were complied into 900 scrolls.

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Warriors once occupied the complex where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written, new research suggests.
Ruins of the Qumran site resemble a monastery, but scholars have argued over how it was used before the religious sect who penned the scrolls moved in somewhere between 130 and 100 B.C.
Using the world's first virtual 3-D reconstruction of the site, historians recently found evidence of a fortress that was later converted into its more peaceful, pious function.

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A tourist visits the site of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea in Israel, Friday Dec. 29, 2006. The discovery of a 2,000-year-old toilet at one of the world's most important archaeological sites is focusing renewed interest on a question that has preoccupied scholars for more than half a century: Who lived at Qumran?

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Following directions found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeologists have discovered the latrines used by the sect that produced the scrolls, discovering that efforts to achieve ritual purity inadvertently exposed members to intestinal parasites that shortened their life span.

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Following directions found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeologists have discovered the latrines used by the sect that produced the scrolls, discovering that efforts to achieve ritual purity inadvertently exposed members to intestinal parasites that shortened their lifespan.
The discovery of the unique toilet area provides further evidence linking the scrolls to Qumran an association that recently has been called into question by a small but vociferous group of archaeologists who have argued that the settlement was a pottery factory, a country villa or a Roman fortress, but not a monastery.

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