BAR 24:01, Jan/Feb 1998
The Enigma of Qumran
Four archaeologists assess the site
If you want to understand how archaeologists think, how they reason, how they work, how they interpret findsand why they sometimes disagreeyou will enjoy this discussion among four prominent archaeologists who know as much about Qumran and its excavation as can be known today.
Long associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls found in nearby caves, Qumran was excavated between 1951 and 1956 by the late Father Roland de Vaux of the École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem. De Vaux died in 1971 without publishing a final report.