Widely considered the archaeological find of the 20th century, the Dead Sea Scrolls make up the tens of thousands of parchment and papyrus fragments written 2000 years ago belonging to approximately 1000 different texts including the oldest known manuscripts of the five books of the Torah. As caretakers of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) preserves the scrolls for future generations using the most advanced and innovative technologies available.

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Four Dead Sea Scrolls from the IAA’s collection have recently been conserved and preserved with the generous help of the following Friends:

By sponsoring the conservation of these scrolls and stopping their immediate deterioration, they helped us preserve one of the world's greatest manuscript collections.

More Dead Sea Scroll fragments are available for adoption through the sponsorship of their preservation and conservation. A dedication plaque bearing the donor's name will be permanently displayed next to the scroll when on exhibit, and the name of the sponsor will forever be mentioned in conjunction with the scroll.

Contact emily@friendsofIAA.org to sponsor a scroll.