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    Professor of Archaeology at Israel's Hebrew University, Yigael Yadin, former C-in-C of Israel's army, announced important archaeological discoveries to a gathering including President Ben Zwi, Premier Ben Gurion, Foreign Minister Golda Meier, and Dead Sea Scrolls expert Professor Bieberkraut, Jerusalem, May 15.

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    SCU. Prof. Bieberkraut opens piece of Papyrus letter.
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    CU. Professor.
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    SV. Prof. Looks at letter with instruments.
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    TV. Prof. Yadin deciphering one of the Bar-Kochba letters.
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    CU. Ditto.
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    SV. Prof. Yadin shows letters to President Ben Zwi and wife.
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    SCU. President and wife looking at letter.
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    CU. Ditto.
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    Background: Professor of Archaeology at Israel's Hebrew University, Yigael Yadin, former C-in-C of Israel's army, announced important archaeological discoveries to a gathering including President Ben Zwi, Premier Ben Gurion, Foreign Minister Golda Meier, and Dead Sea Scrolls expert Professor Bieberkraut, Jerusalem, May 15.

    The discoveries - made six weeks ago in the Judean desert by a highly organized Israeli expedition - are eleven letters from SimonBar-Kochba - "son of a Star" - the leader of the last Jewish revolt against the Romans, 135 A.D. They refer to a period before the Jews were forced back to guerrilla warfare, mentioning crops and houses. But they reveal Bar-Kochba's character clearly; their style is imperious and curt, and punishments are threatened if orders are not promptly carried out. By a remarkable co-incidence the discovery was announced - on the eve of Lag Ba'omer, the festival commemorating his epic struggle.

    Written on papyrus and wooden slats, they were discovered in a cave to the west of the Dead Sea, wrapped in goatskin. Wool and beads were discovered nearby.

    In 1952 two of Bar-Kochba's letters were found by Bedouin in Jordan territory, and other objects - believed to have been used by his men - were found by Israeli searchers early this year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVASC7ZNYJ0XHI2LT1D5OBQ5M3E
    Media URN:
    VLVASC7ZNYJ0XHI2LT1D5OBQ5M3E
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
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