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How the Dead Sea Scrolls survived a war in the 1960s

Excerpt from the January 20, 1968 issue of Science News

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12:30pm, January 4, 2018
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TEXT MESSAGES  Fast action saved the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, found in 11 West Bank caves such as these, from war damage 50 years ago. In 2017, researchers found an additional cave that may have once held ancient text-covered scrolls.

Dead Sea Scrolls safe

The famous Dead Sea Scrolls, rumored lost or damaged during the June war between Israel and Egypt, are safe, according to Antiquity…. On the eve of the war they were packed up and put safely in a strong room in the basement of the Palestine Archaeological Museum (Rockefeller Museum), according to a reliable authority. —  Science News, January 20, 1968

Update

The Dead Sea Scrolls made news again in 2017 when archaeologists announced the discovery of a cave with new evidence of scrolls. The cave, close to the original 11 caves that housed scrolls near Qumran in the West Bank, held

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