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European Working Group meeting on Qumran
22 May 2005 — 26 May 2005
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Qumran, the site near the Dead Sea -- the nature of which continues to arouse controversy in the scientific world – will be the topic of a meeting of some 25 scientists, curators, restorers and conservation experts from Europe and Israel who will convene in Jerusalem on Sunday and Monday, May 22 and 23.
The meeting is sponsored by the European Union, in collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book. Sessions will be held in English and will take place at the Belgium House Faculty Club of the Hebrew University on the Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram.
Prime focus of the gathering will be on scientific analyses of organic and inorganic materials found at Qumran. Of particular interest will be a roundtable discussion on Monday, May 23, starting at 9:50 a.m., that promises to reopen the old controversy over the character of the Qumran site and its inhabitants. Participating in the discussion, entitled “What Is the Most Likely Character of the Qumran Site in the Light of Past and Present Objectively Checked Finds?” will be archaeologists Dr. Yizhar Hirschfeld and Dr. Itzhaq Magen and archeometrist Dr. Jan Gunneweg.
Conveners of the conference are Dr. Gunneweg, of the Hebrew University Institute of Archaeology, and Prof. Charles Greenblatt of the Hebrew University’s Sanford F. Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases.