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About the Exhibit
Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times is one of the most comprehensive collections of Israeli antiquities ever organized, and includes one of the largest collections of the priceless Dead Sea Scrolls. The exhibit, which presented by the Museum of Science, Boston, was created by the Israel Antiquities Authority from the collections of the Israeli National Treasures.
This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit offers rare insight into daily life long ago, with more than 600 objects, including a three-ton stone from Jerusalem's Western Wall, where Museum visitors may leave a note to be sent to Israel. The tradition of placing notes between the stones that comprise the Western Wall began centuries ago. In addition, visitors can view a live satellite video feed from the Western Wall.
A replica of a four-room house offers a glimpse of life at home, from meal preparation to sleeping quarters. Inscriptions and seals, known as “bulla,” such as the Archer Seal, provide invaluable information about the iconography and personal imagery of the period. Other artifacts add to the picture — including weapons, stone carvings, terracotta figurines, remains of religious symbols, coins, shoes, textiles, mosaics, ceramics, and jewelry.
The centerpiece of Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times encompasses 20 rare fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls collection, some never before exhibited. Each set of 10 will be on display for about three months. The scrolls will be dramatically presented within a 25-foot-diameter Communal Scroll Table which features 10 individual chambers, one for each scroll, along with the full English translation, a large high-resolution image and a detailed explanation of each scroll’s significance.