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The Special Israel Museum


On a hill near the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) sits the large Israel Museum with the associated Book of the Shrine, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The first remnant of scrolls was discovered by a couple of Bedouin in 1947 in a cave near Qumran by the Dead Sea. Subsequent searches found more scrolls in more caves, dating from 8th century B.C.E to 3rd century C.E. The scrolls cover most of the books of the Old Testament, though they are all not complete. They do confirm the content of later biblical writings. To minimize deterioration only a small portion of the scrolls are displayed at any one time.

The main part of the museum houses displays from the stone age, metal age and more recent periods where agriculture and societies in the land of Israel emerged. Another wing displays costumes of Jewish culture in the 19th century. There is also a colection of coins from the Roman era in this area,

Most impressive are the archaeological artifacts on display:

There is a mosaic floor segment of a 5th century Byzantine building from the Galilee.


A 1.4 million year old animal bone from the Jordan Valley.


Elephant tusk from the stone age over 250,000 years ago.


Bones of a woman and her dog from the stone age


Wheat and barley seeds from the Jordan Valley, 10,000 years ago.


Some 19th century Jewish garments were also on dispay.


Posted by PassionRetirees 11:03 Archived in Israel

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by Chubster123

Wow what a magic place to visit.


Absolutely? A lot packed into a tiny country.

by PassionRetirees

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