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Emanuel Hirschfeld is a serious and capable archaeologist, so there´s no
doubt he´s onto something here; the question is: what?
I´ve previously resisted the automatic assumption that the complex in
Qumran was inhabited by "Essenes", so I´ll be duly hesitant to identify
Hirschfeld´s find with them. If there was more than one settlement of that
character in the vicinity it´s possible that one, more, or none of them
were known as "Essene settlements". The question is not what the fabled
"Essenes" were, but what Pliny took them to be...