Israel's Antiquities Authority is partnering with Google to bring the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls online. The project will grant free access to the 2,000-year-old text — considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the last century — by uploading high-resolution images. The first photographs are slated to be online within months. The scrolls will be available in both original languages and in translation.

Antiquities official Pnina Shor said on October 19 that this will ensure the originals are preserved while broadening access to the priceless artefact, which includes fragments of the Hebrew Bible. Experts have complained that only a small number of scholars were allowed access to the scrolls found in caves near the Dead Sea in the 1940s.


2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls go online September 26, 2011

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