In a Few Years, The Dead Sea Scrolls Will Be Online

The Dead Sea Scrolls are in the process of being digitally photographed.  The main purpose of the photography is for conservation purposes, but the Israel Antiquities Authority intends to make all of the photographs available online.

Today’s digital technologies make previously illegible letters on the scrolls suddenly readable, helping scholars further their research into the Dead Sea Scrolls.  And students will now be able to study the scrolls themselves and not just read about them.

But don’t get too excited, the process will take a long time – about two years to complete the photography, and more time to post them on the web.  In the meantime, you can read about this project at the International Herald Tribune site.

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