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Revisiting Qumran Cave 1Q and its Archaeological Assemblage

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Joan E. Taylor, Dennis Mizzi, Marcello Fidanzio

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-325
JournalPalestine exploration quarterly
Volume149
Issue number4
Early online date18 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Qumran Cave 1Q was the first site of Dead Sea scroll discoveries. Found and partly emptied by local Bedouin, the cave was excavated officially in 1949 and published in the series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert (Volume 1) in 1955. Contents of the cave are found in collections worldwide, and in different institutions in Jerusalem and Amman. While the scrolls are the most highly prized artefacts from this cave, in archaeological terms they are part of an assemblage that needs to be understood holistically in order to make conclusions about its character and dating. This study presents all of the known items retrieved from the cave, including those that are currently lost, in order to consider what we might know about the cave prior to its emptying and the changes to its form. It constitutes preliminary work done as part of the Leverhulme funded International Network for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Caves Artefacts and Archival Sources.

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