Dating the dead sea scrolls
Ultimately a total of 11 caves were found (mostly by the Bedouin) containing ancient manuscripts. About 80 percent of them had been looted by the Bedouin before the archaeologists discovered the cave.
Khalil Iskander Shahin (“Kando”) was a cobbler from Bethlehem with an antiquities shop in back.
When he investigated, he found seven nearly intact ancient documents that became known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The scrolls remained under the control of the small, non-Jewish, practically nonfunctioning scroll-publication team.Any discussion about archaeological looting and unprovenanced Biblical artifacts, which are Bible artifacts found outside of a professional excavation, must include the case of the most important Biblical artifacts found in the Middle East: the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery.Although the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) have banned the publication of articles and the presentation of papers about unprovenanced objects and Biblical artifacts in a recent attempt to curb archaeological looting and forgery of Bible artifacts found in Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery shows that Biblical artifacts found without a stratified context are by no means worthless.Through fronts, thesewere purchased for Israel by war hero and archaeologist Yigael Yadin, Sukenik’s son.Père Roland de Vaux of the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem, together with G.