MembersSaving the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Israel Antiquities Authority and the Ministry of Culture are promoting a plan to excavate the Qumran caves in an attempt to save the remaining Dead Sea scrolls from antiquity theft.

By Israel Today Staff |
SIFTING SANDS: The search is on for more sacred parchments Photo: IAA

The IAA says robbers have been plundering important heritage and cultural assets in the Judean Desert for years.

“The goal of the national plan that we are advancing is to excavate and find all of the scrolls that remain in the caves, once and for all, so that they will be rescued and preserved by the state,” says IAA director Israel Hasson.

Culture Minister Miri Regev vowed to protect these treasures that belong to the Jewish people and the whole world, saying she would work to increase the punishments for antiquities thieves. “The Dead Sea scrolls are an exciting testament of paramount importance that bear witness to...

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