Israeli consultants announce discovery of latest Useless Sea scrolls

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday introduced the invention of dozens of latest Useless Sea Scroll fragments bearing a biblical textual content present in a desert cave believed hidden throughout a Jewish revolt in opposition to Rome almost 1,900 years in the past.

The fragments of parchment bear traces of Greek textual content from the books of Zechariah and Nahum and have been radiocarbon dated to the 2nd century AD, in accordance with the Israel Antiquities Authority. They’re the primary new scrolls present in archaeological excavations within the desert south of Jerusalem in 60 years.

The brand new items are believed to belong to a set of parchment fragments present in a website often known as “The Cave of Horror” — named for the 40 human skeletons discovered there throughout excavations within the Nineteen Sixties — that additionally bear a Greek rendition of the Twelve Minor Prophets. The cave is situated in a distant canyon within the Judean Desert south of Jerusalem.

The fragments are believed to have been stashed away within the cave through the Bar Kochba Revolt, an armed Jewish rebellion in opposition to Rome through the reign of Emperor Hadrian, between 132 and 136 AD.

The artifacts have been discovered throughout an operation by the Israel Antiquities Authority within the Judean Desert to seek out scrolls and different artifacts to stop doable plundering. The authority was holding a news convention Tuesday to unveil the invention.

The Useless Sea Scrolls, a set of Jewish texts present in desert caves within the West Financial institution close to Qumran within the Forties and Fifties, date from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D. They embody the earliest identified copies of biblical texts and paperwork outlining the beliefs of somewhat understood Jewish sect.

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