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“Magnificent and Rare” Discovery In Judaean Desert.

The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered over 70 years. This latest discovery by the Israel Antiquities Authority is being described as "magnificent and rare."

Fragments of ancient scrolls were discovered containing lines of Greek text from the books of Zechariah and Nahum. They have been radiocarbon-dated to the second century AD. The fragments, along with other artifacts, were discovered in a site called by the locals the Cave of Horror, where over 40 skeletons were found in the 1960s.

The sacred stash is believed to have originally belonged to rebels who fled to the caves at the end of the Bar Kokhba Revolt, an armed Jewish uprising against the Roman Empire during Emperor Hadrian's reign between 132 and 136 AD.

Among the other ancient treasures unearthed were a collection of coins, a 6,000-year-old partially mummified skeleton of a child wrapped in cloth, and what the Antiquities Authority claims may be the oldest completely intact basket yet discovered.

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