Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Q’mon-yaluzah Scrolls

BELIEVE IT OR NOT (Tel Aviv): Scrolls were found in 11 caves near a settlement at Q’mon-yaluzah, none of them coming from the actual settlement. A Bedouin sheep-herder by the name of Yeu el-Bleevit made the first discovery during the Spring of 2006. In the most commonly told story the shepherd threw a rock into a cave in an attempt to drive out a missing animal under his care. The shattering sound of pottery drew him into the cave, where he found several ancient jars containing scrolls wrapped in linen.

What surprised language experts the most was the unrecognized acronym atop each scroll. Cryptologists are still attempting to decipher the meaning of the term which is written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. "This logo is most likely linked with an ancient cultic community dedicated to products of high quality and performance," says Professor Rangdürbell Undranaway of the University of Münster.

Another theory, which has been gaining popularity, is that the community was led by chariot priests previously unknown to modern historians. According to carbon dating, textual analysis, and handwriting analysis the documents were written at various times between the middle of the 2nd century BC and the 21st century AD. At least one document has a carbon date range of 21 BC–AD 1956. The Sonnet Papyrus from Sweden, containing a copy of the monarchy’s transportation preferences, is the only other document of comparable antiquity.

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