Dozens of rare parchment fragments that are more than 1,800 years old have been found in a remote cave in the Judean desert.
“For the first time in approximately 60 years, archaeological excavations have uncovered fragments of a biblical scroll,” local authorities said, and contained passages from the books of Zechariah and Nahum, portions of the Books of the Twelve Minor Prophets of the Hebrew Bible. . and Old Testament.
The scroll was believed to be the writings of Jewish rebels who fled to the Judean hills after the ancient Romans repulsed one of their many revolts.
These discoveries have been discovered as part of a bold official excavation by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) to prevent artifact hunters from looting the cave.
On the scrolls, most of the words are written in Greek, the local language after the conquest of the area by Alexander 500 years earlier, with only the word ‘God’ written in Hebrew.
In an announcement, IAA He called the process a “complex and challenging” operation, and the findings “of incalculable value to humanity.”
A treasure trove of ancient coins minted by rebels trying to create a stable state was also discovered.
The mummified remains of a 6,000-year-old boy, believed to be a girl, were also discovered.
And a giant woven basket was found. Suspected to be around 10,500 years old, dating back to the Neolithic period before pottery, and believed to be the oldest fully intact basket in the world.
The complex operation included the use of drones and reaching practically inaccessible areas. The mouth of the cave is about 260 feet, or 80 meters, below the edge of a cliff, down which excavators and scientists had to rappel.
It’s the kind of terrain feature in the Judean Desert that years ago revealed the remarkable Dead Sea Scrolls and other relics found in the infamous ‘Cave of Horror’ that contained 40 skeletons.
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