Dead Sea Scrolls

Hundreds of meters above the Dead Sea, archaeologists work from dangerous cliffs, hoping for a major discovery — another Dead Sea Scroll. The famous artifacts were originally found over 70 years ago in Qumran, the same area being excavated now. The decades old quest died down, but in recent years, the search has been reignited.

A group of researchers from Haifa University pieced together fragments that made up the last of the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovering that the Essene sect that lived near the Dead Sea during the Second Temple era followed a calendar vastly different than the calendar used by the Jews, indicating what may have been the motivation for the sect choosing a desolate and isolated location to practice a type of Judaism that was essentially heretical.