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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Explore an Egyptian excavation. Meet Kufti archaeologists, explore ancient streets and the mudbricks that shaped them and dive into the port of Alexandria.
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Chiseled on the forehead of this marble Aphrodite, a first-century A.D. copy of a fourth-century B.C. statue by Praxiteles, is a cross. The cross was likely carved by Christians, who had also damaged the goddess’s face to “close” the eyes and “silence” the mouth. More than just an act of vandalism, Christians may have reused such statues as stand-ins for saints or even the Virgin.
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The Forgotten Kingdom by Israel Finkelstein traces the development of the northern kingdom of Israel to an earlier time associated with the reign of King Saul. The award-winning work is critically and independently reviewed by William G. Dever and Aaron Burke.