Israel puts 5,000 images of the Dead Sea scrolls online in a partnership with Google

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A conservation analyst from the Israeli Antiquities department examines fragments of the 2000-year-old Dead Sea scrolls at a laboratory in Jerusalem before photographing them on December 18, 2012. The director-general of the Israel Antiquities Authority Shuka Dorfmann and Professor Yossi Matias, managing director of Google Israel, announced the publishing of the Dead Sea Scrolls online, initiated by the Israel Antiquities Authority and Google. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA.

JERUSALEM (AFP).- Thousands of images from the Dead Sea scrolls, which date back more than two millennia, were on Tuesday made available to the world on a joint Israel Antiquities Authority and Google website. The new website aims to make "the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century accessible to both scholars and the general public," an IAA statement said. Using technology developed for NASA, the website offers high-resolution images of the ancient scrolls along with an advanced search engine. The IAA is in the process of uploading images of the 900 biblical and other manuscripts, comprising some 30,000 fragments, which were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in the Qumran caves above the Dead Sea and photographed in their entirety with infra-red technology in the 1950s. The parchment and papyrus ... More