Look whose digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls

The more than 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls — one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time — will soon be available for free, widespread access on the Internet, thanks to combined efforts from Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Already, Google Books offered excerpts of the Dead Sea Scrolls reprinted in English, including “Scrolls From the Dead Sea,” an exhibition by the Library of Congress that ran over two decades ago, as well as several other academic versions.

The Israel Antiquities Authority and Google announced Tuesday that they are joining forces to bring the Dead Sea Scrolls online.The new project, however, will widen access to the historical treasure — addressing the limited use issue that scholars have long complained of — and ensure that the original 30,000 fragments are preserved.

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