The Israel Museum and Google’s collaborative Digital Dead Sea Scrolls project,* which provides searchable, high-resolution images of several Dead Sea Scrolls, set its sights higher by attempting to read fragile and unopenable Dead Sea Scrolls through high-tech visualization. The project hired Brent Seales, the director of the University of Kentucky Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, to create images of individual layers of scrolls too damaged to unroll. Seales has worked on a similar visualization with a scroll from Herculaneum, as demonstrated by the University of Kentucky Vis Center’s dramatized video below. The damaged scrolls will join the already digitized Great Isaiah Scroll, the Community Rule Scroll, the Habakkuk pesher, the Temple Scroll and the War Scroll.
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R. Steven Notley and Jeffrey P. García explore Queen Helena’s Jerusalem tomb and the recently excavated Jerusalem palace that might belong to her.
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It was a chance discovery that reshaped our understanding of the Chalcolithic period. In 1961, archaeologist Pessah Bar-Adon was exploring a diffcult-to-access cave near the Dead Sea and noticed something wedged in a crevice. Removing the bundle—wrapped carefully in a straw mat—he discovered a hoard of more than 400 bronze, copper, ivory and stone objects from the Chalcolithic period, including crowns, scepters and mace heads.
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