The Cave of the Skulls Hidden Treasure

Some find treasure like gold and silver, but others like The University of Jerusalem’s Dr. Uri Davidovich found treasure in more Dead Sea scrolls that further enhance archaeologist’s knowledge of the people who wrote them. First discovered in 1947 by a herder who threw a stone in the caves and heard earthenware breaking, the small throw of a stone lead to the biggest Israeli archaeological discovery. Dr. Uri Davidovich and his team excavated The Cave of the Skulls, named after the finding of 7 human skulls and other human remains, for further fragments. As of the immediate find, the pieces are too small


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and too faded to be analyzed without special equipment. As of now, the archaeologists aren’t sure if the ancient text on the papyrus is even ancient Hebrew.

While these fragments are nearly indecipherable, many of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been found with near perfect and clear handwriting that makes reading them very easy, at least for those who speak the ancient languages of the region. Scrolls found have shown excerpts from many books in the bible such as Genesis, Exodus, Psalms and many others. The caves, named after the main or first artifacts found in them, show many sign son ancient life.

One cave, called the Cave of the Arrows, held 30 ancient arrows preserved for the last 1,800 years. Other caves hold things such as ropes, cloths, textiles and other signs of live such as pottery. The naturally occurring wide maze of caves were believed to be shelter to the Hebrew people as well as other people during unsafe time such as the Great Revolt in Israel against the occupying Romans at the time. The discovery of the scrolls will hopefully shed further insight onto their contents and the meaning o the Dead Sea Scrolls once they are analyzed by machinery that will not damage them while safely breaking their code. The Dead Sea scrolls have given insight to the ancient lives of the Hebrews, religious origins, and many more factors hoping to still be discovered.