Israeli authorities have put 5,000 fragments of the 2,000-year-old ancient Dead Sea scrolls online, announced a joint Israel Antiquities Authority-Google news conference Tuesday in Jerusalem.
The fragility of the scrolls presents unique challenges for curators. “You have to rotate them. You can’t keep them out longer than three months,” Lupton explains. “Light can do irrevocable damage. You have to limit the level of lighting and the time of exposure. If a fragment is on exhibit for three months, it will then have to rest for a few years.”