Dead Sea Scrolls: 3Q15 - The Copper Scroll
3Q15 indicates the artifact was found in cave 3, while Q indicates the site as Khirbet Qumran. The later digits indicated the item number. Enhancing the significance of the find, this artifact was discovered in place by archaeologists. It was not purchased from an antiquities dealer or from a Bedouin tribesman.
The copper scroll is the largest know ancient text recorded on a metal plate or sheet. Details of the scroll and photographs will be posted shortly.
Soon after the discovery of the scrolls, (1947) there was considerable agreement among schoolars that Khirbet Qumran, adjacent to the caves, was linked to the find. One theory, was that Khirbet Qumran was occupied by Essenes who created the scrolls. More recently a theory that the community was positioned along an escape route from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea and those fleeing hid scrolls in caves before boarding ships.
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