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Re: orion The Diverse Cemetery of Qumran
> DeVaux's choice of graves was not random. He selected tombs over broad
> areas of all sections of the cemetery. He also targetted graves which,
> according to form or orientation seemed anomalous. Although a thorough
> excavation of all tombs would be optimal but this will never happen.
> However this is not entirely necessary (even if ground piercing radar
> will never be sufficient for the task).
I can't help wondering why he would target graves that seemed
anomalous in order to find out about the usual practices of whoever
did the burying.
> Just think about it, if one were to go into a vegetable field (with a
> similar green top for each plant) and he would roam the field pulling up
> 24 of these plants by the roots and he found that each one was a carrot,
> shouldn't he conclude that he was in a carrot patch?
> Similarly, if he did the same in a nearby field (which had slightly
> different plant tops) and found turnips shouldn't he conclude he was in
> a turnip patch?
And of a couple of them looked like weeds and he pulled up only
those, he would suspect it was nothing more than a weed patch, right?
According to the paragraph above, that would appear to be something
akin to what de Vaux did. I'm hoping you can help me understand his
"Now I have $2736.15. Every time I count my $500,
I get a different amount."