Monday, July 19, 2010

Dead Sea Scrolls and Dr. Cargill

The Dead Sea Scrolls are truly of one of the most amazing archaeological finds in history. I know we've all heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, but what more do we know about them except that they are scripts of 'the word of god' found in various caves throughout the Judean desert. But why were they buried in the caves and who wrote them and what is all the fuss about Masada? 

Well it's clear now to archaeologist that the reason the scrolls were buried in various caves in Judean desert was born out of necessity. They were simply looking to preserve their sacred documents from the falling into the hands of the Romans during the time of the suppression, better known as the Jewish Revolt. The discovery of the Scrolls some 60 years ago and the first studies claimed that they were written by the Essenes, who live in Qumran. These text were found to be from the 'Jewish Bible' or the 'Old Testament', the oldest known text of the Bible. Now when I first began studying archaeology, I had a great deal of interest in Biblical Archaeology, particularly of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Now the study of Biblical Archaeology does or does not mean your a religious archaeologist, but what it does mean to me is that you have a passion for a time in our history that is truly still full of mysteries.

One of the most fascinating mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls involves the last Jewish stronghold situated atop an isolated rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea known as Masada. The story of Masada. is an epic and tragic story that is of great importance to the question "Who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls", now thanks to Dr. Cargill and National Geographic this mystery is being explored as part of a National Geographic show airing July 27,

Now although I did become an Archaeologist, not a Biblical Archaeologist, I still have a great deal of passion for mysteries of the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Thanks NG and Dr. Cargill (

Stacey "Archaeologist" still fascinated with Biblical Archaeology