Dozens of new Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing biblical text are discovered in Israel’s ‘Cave of Horror’ having been hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome 1,900 years ago

  • The fragments of ancient parchment were discovered in the ‘Cave of Horror’ which is south of Jerusalem 
  • This is the first item discovered from an archaeological dig in the Judean Desert in more than 60 years 
  • The pieces of parchment found inside the cave include Greek lines of biblical text from Zechariah and Nahum
  • Other items found in the cave include a 10,000 year old woven basket and the skeleton of a young girl 

Dozens of new Dead Sea Scroll fragments thought to have been hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome 1,900 years ago have been found in a cave. 

The fragments include lines of Greek text from the biblical books of Zechariah and Nahum and were radiocarbon dated to the 2nd century AD, experts confirmed.  

The Israel Antiquities Authority say more than 20 fragments were found in a remote canyon in the Judean Desert, south of Jerusalem – the first find of its kind in 60 years.

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