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Manuscripts of Maccabean Era Discovered in Caves Near Dead Sea

Ancient papyri, believed to date to the Maccabean area, have been found in caves near the Dead Sea, scene of important discoveries four years ago, Prof. E.L. Sukenik, noted archaeologist, reported today.

Prof. Sukenik said he had received confirmation of the discoveries from Jean Neville, the French Consul General in Jerusalem, who is himself a noted archaeologist. The papyri are said to include private contracts written in both Hebrew and Greek characters.

The findings, Prof. Sukenik said, confirmed his belief that many more ancient documents were concealed in the caves around the Dead Sea where the first “Genuzot” were found. Ancient coins found there, he said, indicated that this area of the country had been well populated in ancient days.