First Temple period
"This unique papyrus joins the thousands of scroll fragments for which the Israel Antiquities Authority established dedicated conservation and photographic laboratories where the scrolls are treated using highly sophisticated means and the most advanced documentation and photographic technology available today," Pnina Shor, curator and director of the Dead Sea Scrolls project at the IAA, said in a statement. "With a state-of-the-art camera that was developed based on technology used by NASA which records the Dead Sea Scrolls at a level that replicates the original, it is even possible to see the texture of the plant, skin or parchment on which the ancient documents were written."
Cave of the Skulls
Saving a papyrus
Shown here, volunteers and IAA archaeologists excavate at the Cave of the Skulls in the Judean Desert.