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Re: Are 1000 scribes too many? was Re: DSS Scribes

The relevance of the size of the cemetery is relative to the 'normalcy' of the 
community life. If the norm was that only young people lived there, while 
older ones went to more 'comfortable' lodgings, then the size would not be 
 relevant. How large was the cemetery in Elephantine?

Thus Moshe Shulnab

Moshe, Read Stegemann. He will explain why people were not very old. 
It is not that old people would stay away but that people  did not 
grew old at all, exept the lucky few. His average estimation of the 
age is something like 39 for men and less than 30 for women (you will 
have to check for yourself). So he has some intricate calculations 
about the turnover at the settlement of residents.

Niels Peter Lemche
Dep. Biblical Studies
University of Copenhagen
Phone: 45 49 13 81 24
Fax: 45 49 13 81 28
e-mail: npl@teol.ku.dk