By Jodi Magness

The useless Sea Scrolls are one of the best and significant archaeological discoveries ever made, and the excavation of the Qumran neighborhood itself has supplied worthy information regarding Judaism and the Jewish global within the final centuries B.C.E.
Like the lifeless Sea Scrolls, besides the fact that, the Qumran website is still the item of excessive scholarly debate. In a publication intended to introduce normal readers to this attention-grabbing region of research, veteran archaeologist Jodi Magness right here presents an outline of the archaeology of Qumran and offers an exhilarating new interpretation of this old neighborhood in keeping with info present in the useless Sea Scrolls and different modern documents.
Magness's paintings deals a few clean conclusions relating lifestyles at Qumran. She concurs that Qumran was once a sectarian payment yet rejects different unconventional perspectives, together with the view that Qumran was once a villa rustica or manor residence. by means of conscientiously reading the broadcast details on Qumran, she refines the site's chronology, reinterprets the aim of a few of its rooms, and reexamines the archaeological proof for the presence of girls and kids within the cost. quite a few images and diagrams provide readers a firsthand examine the site.
Written with an expert's perception but with a journalist's spunk, this enticing ebook is bound to reinvigorate dialogue of this enormous archaeological locate.

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Libby at the University o f Chicago. For information on this and other methods o f scien­ tific dating and analysis, see The Oxford Companion to Archaeology, ed. Brian M. Fagan (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996). For radiocarbon dating of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the textiles from Cave 1 at Qumran see Grace M. Crowfoot, “ The Linen Textiles,” in Barthélémy and Milik, Discov­ eries in the Judaean Desert 1: Qumran Cave I, 27; G. Bonani, M. Broshi, I. Carmi, S. Ivy, J. Strugnell, and W. Wolfli, “ Radiocarbon Dating o f the Dead Sea Scrolls,” 'Atiqot 20 (1991): 26-32; A.

And like Qumran, we have few sec­ tion drawings (drawings o f the stratigraphy visible in the baulks) from the Masada and Jalame excavations. How Do Archaeologists Date the Remains They Dig Up? When we excavate an ancient house, what objects or artifacts can we find that will tell us when it was built, occupied, and destroyed or abandoned? The 7 T H E A R C H A E O L O G Y OF Q U M R A N type o f object that provides an accurate date should fulfill one o f two criteria: (1) it must be a very common find on archaeological excavations; or (2) it car­ ries its own date.

This means that archaeologists must try to reconstruct a picture o f the past based on very incomplete information. I like to compare it to put­ ting together a puzzle when some o f the pieces are missing and we don’t know what the original picture looked like. This is what makes it possible for schol­ ars to interpret the same evidence differently, as in the case of Qumran, which has been identified as a sectarian settlement, fortress, villa, manor house, or commercial entrepot based on the same evidence!

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