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Re: orion Re: Cave 4 shelving

Virgil Brown wrote:
> Fred,
>    >the "shelving", if there was any, is that someone reused it for some 
>    >other purpose. If the occasion was a temporary occupation of the site 
>    >by refugees, or whatever, the shelving may have ended up as firewood. 
>    >Alternatively, it may even have been removed prior to the deposition 
>    >of the texts... 
> 	If there had been shelving, would a middle age visitor be likely
> to pull out the lumber and save the scrolls? Why not throw them into the
> fire as well?

I was wondering this myself.  Nevertheless, with his last line Fred 
more or less went where I was headed with my questions.  I would like 
to hypothesize that the shelves were gone before the scrolls ever saw 
the inside of the cave.  That seems a much more likely scenario to me 
than the idea that wooden planks rotted away without a trace while 
leather scraps hung around waiting to be found.  Hence, I will toss 
this idea out for discussion if anybody is interested.

The matter of jars in the cave, though, is somewhat more problematic. 
Could someone give some bib info that I could check out?  Someone 
(Fred?) said that the Bedouin said there were jar fragments in there; 
is their word all we have, were any more found when the scroll 
fragments were being collected, how certain are we that they are of 
the same type as the "scroll jars" of cave 1, etc. etc. etc. ?
Dave Washburn
Scholarese, n. A dialect that consists entirely of 
multiverbal circumlocutions and polysyllabic verbiages.