DEAD Sea Scrolls dating from the time of Jesus Christ have been uncovered – and experts are shocked by what’s written on them.
Archaeologists made the incredible find in the Cave of Skulls in the Judean Desert, near the Dead Sea.
The scrolls – consisting of a bunch of papyrus fragments – appear to contain a never-before-seen language.
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“We have all the reasons to believe that there are still scrolls hidden”
Dr Uri Davidovich
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that although it could be a variation of Hebrew of Aramaic, there is a chance they contain an unknown dialect.
The Dead Sea Scrolls is a name given to nearly 1,000 separate texts written on parchment, papyrus and copper that were found in caves near the Israeli-Palestinian West Bank.
The first of them were found in 1946 by accident by a Bedouin shepherd, who is believed to have crawled inside one of the caves.
They are among the oldest pieces of writing in the world and some of the scrolls are the earliest examples of the Ten Commandments.
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Dr Uri Davidovich, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said of the latest find: “The most important thing that can come out of these fragments is if we can connect them with other documents that were looted from the Judean Desert, and that have no known provenance.
“We have all the reasons to believe that there are still scrolls hidden.
“Several documents from the Roman times and even from the Iron Age have surfaced in recent years in the antiquities market. They must have originated in the Judean Desert caves.”
The newly-discovered scrolls – two pieces measuring two by two centimetres – are now being studied by experts attempting to read them.