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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...

Fred Cryer