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Re: Qumran Farm?

Ian Hutchesson writes:

    "If, as I'm led to believe, the site of Qumran was,
    along with other sites along the Dead Sea in the first
    century BCE, a farm and not specifically a religious
    community . . ."
Could you explain this?  
Did ancient farms have cemeteries that huge?  Are you
sure this isn't someone in the undertaking business?
But never mind--please explain the farm idea?

Greg Doudna