Google Sponsored Project Makes The Dead Sea Scrolls Accessible

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Google Sponsored Project Makes The Dead Sea Scrolls Accessible

The Dead Sea Scrolls are now online thanks to a project of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, powered by Google technology.

The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums.  The Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world.

According to a recent article in USA Today, “Some of these images are appearing for the first time in Google — what no one has seen for 2,000 years and no scholar since the Dead Sea Scrolls were found,” says James Charlesworth, director and editor of the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project, who is one of the few who has handled the ancient pieces of parchment. “Now images and letters that were never found are appearing in Google.”

Check out the YouTube video describing The Dead Sea Scrolls project. You can explore the high-definition images at the The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls website.