Israeli archaeologists announced, during a press conference Tuesday, that dozens of new fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been discovered. Scholars claim that the manuscripts preserve a biblical text and are believed to date back more than 1900 years.
Archeology experts added during the press conference that the artifacts were found during an excavation carried out by the Israeli Antiquities Authority in desert caves in the West Bank to prevent “possible looting.”
Ancient artifacts have been found near the Dead Sea adding to knowledge of the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls.’ The ancient Jewish texts are 2,000 years old and were first found in 1947 by local Bedouin https://t.co/N1j4uHjuaB pic.twitter.com/ycigMC28Oj
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According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, these manuscripts are the first to be found in 60 years. The new pieces are believed to belong to a group of manuscript fragments that were found at a site known as the “Cave of Terror” named after 40 skeletons were found during excavations in the 1960s.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are a group of Jewish texts that were found in desert caves in the West Bank in the 1940s and 1950s, and they date back to the third century BC. It includes the earliest known copies of biblical texts and documents that identify the beliefs of an unknown Jewish sect.