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Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 5-31-13

Posted in: Archaeology in the News
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Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are up for sale – in tiny pieces. Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world’s oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is now quietly marketing the leftovers – fragments the family says it has kept in a Swiss safe deposit box all these years.

The long-reigning king of Egyptian antiquities has been forced into exile—but he’s plotting a return. This article looks at Zahi Hawass’ career and what he’s doing now.

An Italian expert in Hebrew manuscripts said Wednesday he has discovered the oldest known complete Torah scroll, a sheepskin document dating from 1155-1225. It was right under his nose, in the University of Bologna library, where it had been mistakenly catalogued a century ago as dating from the 17th century. (more…)

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