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    1. The race for the next Dead Sea Scrolls, and why we may lose it - Haaretz

      The race for the next Dead Sea Scrolls, and why we may lose it - Haaretz

      A narrow path leads up to Qumran, a series of caves dotting the stone cliffs where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The mouth of a recently discovered cavity, Cave 53, is gaping but once inside the space is narrow and dark, like a rabbit hole. Following its most recent excavation, Cave 53 is all of 15 meters long and 80 centimeters high. Dr. Oren Gutfeld, an archaeologist with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who just finished his second excavating season at Cave 53, pointed to a wisp of straw. “This is almost certainly the remains of a mat from ...

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    2. Archaeologists find signs of 3,000-year-old oracle cult in ancient Israel

      Archaeologists find signs of 3,000-year-old oracle cult in ancient Israel

      The town of Abel Beth Maacah was known in biblical times as a place for conflict resolution, we may divine from references in scripture. Now archaeologists have found a strange shrine that they think may have been associated with the "wise woman" of the city, mentioned in the bible. But rather than being just a clever elder - they suspect she may have fulfilled an oracular role.

      The tell in which Abel Beth Maacah was identified lies just south of Israel's border with Lebanon, near the town of Metulla. The archaeological mound, called Tell Abil el-Qameh, covers a huge 100 ...

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    3. Beautiful New Stalactite Cave Discovered During Work for New Water Pipeline to Jerusalem

      Beautiful New Stalactite Cave Discovered During Work for New Water Pipeline to Jerusalem

      A previously unknown stalactite cave was discovered this week deep underground in the Jerusalem Hills, thanks to the digging of a fifth water pipeline to Jerusalem and some luck.

      The karstic cavern contains hundreds of limestone stalagmites and stalagmites in all sorts of forms. Based on the humidity and amount of water inside, the cave is apparently still active: The stalactites are continuing to grow, one drop at a time.

      The complex of stalactite caves serendipitously found during this tunnel project has gummed up the works before.

      Inside the cave on Thursday. Emil Salman

      The pipeline project, the largest water ...

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