National Geographic: New Dead Sea Scroll Find May Help Detect Forgeries
Looters plundered the cave decades ago. But archaeologists are thrilled by what they left behind. Here’s why.
The discovery of a twelfth cave associated with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls may arm scholars with new clues to deter looters and detect modern forgeries of the ancient documents.
Earlier this week archaeologists announced the discovery of the cave—the first scroll site found since 1956—and revealed the results of recent excavations. The Israeli team found numerous storage jars that had been hidden in niches cut into the cave walls, but all were broken and their contents removed.
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