One more Dead Sea Scroll has been deciphered


Archaeologists may be one step closer to decoding the mystery of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls.

Researchers from the University of Haifa in Israel have restored and deciphered one of the last untranslated Qumran Scrolls. The collection, which consists of 900 ancient Jewish manuscripts, has been shrouded in controversy since it was unearthed more than 70 years ago. (Read: “Dead Sea Scrolls Mystery Solved?“)

The university’s Eshbal Ratson and Jonathan Ben-Dov spent one year reassembling the 60 fragments that make up the scroll. Deciphered from a band of coded text on parchment, the find provides insight into the community of people who wrote it and the 364-day calendar they would have used.

“Because this number can be divided into four and seven, special occasions always fall on the same day,” Ratson and Ben-Dov say in a press release. “The Qumran calendar is unchanging.”

The scroll names celebrations that indicate shifts in seasons as “Tekufah,” which is Hebrew for “period.” These celebrations have been known from other texts but have not been officially named until now. (Watch: “Decoding the Dead Sea Scrolls“)

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