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High-resolution mapping of the distribution of elements in a sample from the 2,0

High-resolution mapping of the distribution of elements in a sample from the 2,000-year-old Temple Scroll, as shown by the colors at the right of this image, is providing insight into the scroll’s ancient fabrication methods. Photo-illustration by James Weaver

Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology.

A new MIT study of the Dead Sea scrolls found "salts used on the writing layer of the Temple scroll [that] are not common to the Dead Sea region," reports Nicola Davis for The Guardian. "These salts are not typical for anything we knew about associated with this period and parchment making," explains Prof. Admir Masic.


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