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Israel to launch major expedition to find more Dead Sea Scrolls

Published 14/11/2016

The Dead Sea Scrolls are considered the jewel in Israel's treasures
The Dead Sea Scrolls are considered the jewel in Israel's treasures

Israel is embarking on a major expedition to find more Dead Sea Scrolls, an official says.

Amir Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority says a government research team will spend the next three years surveying hundreds of desert caves near the Dead Sea, where the world's oldest biblical manuscripts were discovered in 1947.

The collection is considered the crown jewel of Israeli antiquities.

The official says the expedition will begin in December.

It will be the first large-scale archaeological survey of the area in more than 20 years.

Looters have discovered ancient manuscripts in the area in recent years, prompting the government initiative.

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