Dead Sea Scrolls
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dead sea scrolls
While pursuing one of his goats into a cave near the Dead Sea in the Jordan Desert, in
1947, a fifteen year old boy by the name of Muhammad adh-Dhib, stumbled on to a great
discovery. Inside the cave, he found broken jars that contained scrolls written in a strange
language, wrapped in linen cloth and leather.1 This first discovery produced seven scrolls and
started an archaeological search that produced thousands of scroll fragments in eleven caves.
The Dead Sea is located in Israel and Jordan, east of Jerusalem. The dead sea is very
deep, salty, and itís the lowest body of water in the world. Because the dead sea is at such a low
elevation, the climate has a high evaporation rate but a very low humidity which helped to
preserve the scrolls.2
Archaeologists searched for the dwelling of the people that may have left the scrolls in
the caves. The archaeologist excavated a ruin located between the cliffs where the scrolls were
found and th...
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