STATES CHRONICLE – Archaeologists have recently uncovered the 12th Dead Sea scrolls cave in Israel. Based on the data revealed by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, this discovery is indeed spectacular. Unfortunately, this cave was robbed long before researchers reached it. Nevertheless, they have revealed that inside there were some telltale signs which indicated that ancient scrolls were once there.
They found damaged storage jars but also lids on the edges of the cave and in a tunnel situated in the back. Oren Gutfeld, an archaeologist at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology, stated that this particular excavation represents the closest they have ever reached to discover new Dead Sea scrolls in the last sixty years.
Until they managed to make this discovery, it was thought that there were only 11 Dead Sea scrolls caves at Qumran. Now, scientists have no doubt that this represents the 12th cave. Even if they found no scrolls there, and they had only revealed a piece of parchment, the discovery suggested that the cave once contained some manuscripts which were eventually taken. The parchment was uncovered rolled up in a jug and was sent to the lab where the writing was processed.
Archaeologists also revealed a string which they thought it might have tied the scrolls which were once lying there. Gutfeld claimed that they also found arrowheads, flint blades, and pottery in the Dead Sea scrolls cave. A professor together with a team of students from Liberty University in Virginia also took part in the development of the study.
The team of archaeologists also uncovered some iron remnants of pickaxes in the Dead Sea scrolls cave. The team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem claimed that all the valuable things which were there in the past were stolen by Bedouins in the 1950s.
Israel Hasson, the director-general of the Israel Antiquities Authority, declared that this significant discovery of another scroll cave indicates that archaeologists still have a lot of work to do in the Judean Desert. He noted that there are a lot of valuable things which are waiting to be uncovered, remembering us all of our ancestors. Hasson pointed out that researchers are continuously racing time to reach such prestigious places before antiquities thieves devastate them.
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