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Toilet tied to tale of Dead Sea Scrolls

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posted on Nov, 19 2006 @ 03:56 PM
Wasnt sure where this fit in around here,so i took a guess and posted this here.
Brings the arguement about who wrote the dead sea scrolls back to life.

(MSNBC)-‘Bioarchaeology’ sheds light on earthy side of scriptural lore

This panorama shows the Qumran site on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, on the West Bank. At upper left, a black triangle indicates a bluff, behind which the Qumran community may have designated a latrine.

One of the less sanitary aspects of life in Jesus' day has come into play in the debate over who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls, how they lived and how they died.

The latest evidence comes from a site that two researchers have identified as the communal latrine for Qumran, the ancient settlement near the caves where the 2,000-year-old scrolls were found.

The prevailing view among archaeologists has been that Essenes at a Qumran monastery were the keepers of the Dead Sea Scrolls — but that view has come under increasing challenge in recent years, with some experts saying Qumran was a fortress or a pottery-making center that had nothing to do with the Essenes.

So what do ancient potty practices have to do with the mystery of Qumran? Although the findings of Zias and Tabor may not be a smoking gun, they represent an intriguing blend of textual analysis and "CSI"-style forensics — intriguing enough to be accepted for publication in Revue de Qumran, an international journal on Dead Sea Scroll science.

posted on Nov, 19 2006 @ 04:05 PM
Yes, definately archaeology and ancient civilizations... and actually, an important find. This is where folks of that era threw their refuse (the concept of the Noble Savage living lightly on the land is actually a myth. Noble Savages toss their trash wherever (but it tends to be food scraps, bones, excrement, worn out sandals/clothing, etc and eventually mostly recycles. But they're worse litterbugs than many "civilized humans.")

In the Fate Bell Shelter down in Del Rio, Texas, the interior of the shelter is a floor that's composed of rubbish pits, latrines, fire pits, etc... to a depth of about 20 feet.

Some of our best evidence about what people ate and how they cooked and what they wore and used comes from these things.


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