Lost Dead Sea Scroll Recovered

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The ancient fragment, estimated to be around 2,700 years old, is one of only three extant papyri from the First Temple Period. Documents from that era are rarely found as they were recorded on organic materials which easily deteriorate over time. This piece of a Dead Sea Scroll was thought lost to history until Professor Shmuel Ahituv tracked it down at a home in Montana where the papyrus hung framed on a wall. According to its owner, the fragment was a gift to his mother during a visit to Jerusalem in 1965. The document has since been given to the Israel Antiquities Authority lab to be preserved along with the rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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