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Forensic scientists reveal ancient text on charred biblical scroll


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Forensic scientists reveal ancient text on charred biblical scroll

Israeli archaeologists have discovered writing on a charred 1,500-year-old piece of parchment, using advanced digital imaging technology.

The object was found 45 years ago in the same area where the Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Until now science wasn’t advanced enough to reveal the ancient text.

Archaeologist Sefi Porat who is co-ordinator of the dig said the scroll dates to around the years 600 and turned up inside the remains of an ancient synagogue.

At the time it was found, forensics technology then used to analyse the ancient find could not discern any writing on the badly charred scroll.

Experts believe they have discovered the first eight verses of the Bible’s Old Testament book of Leviticus..

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