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Ancient Manuscripts, Artifacts On Display In Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

DENVER (CBS4)- The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit will open Friday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It's the regional premiere of the exhibit.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a record of laws, customs and beliefs in the ancient Middle East. The scrolls are written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek between 200 BCE and 70 CE.

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The ancient manuscripts include the oldest known Biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years.

Dr. Michele Koons, Curator of Archaeology, Denver Museum of Nature & Science is eager for Coloradans to experience what her team worked so hard to bring to the Rocky Mountains.

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"So excited to bring them from Israel to the people here," Koons said.

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In addition to the manuscripts, the largest collection of artifacts from Israel ever assembled will be on display. The artifacts will allow guests to explore the traditions, beliefs and iconic objects of ancient Israel that continue to currently impact world cultures.

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On display are more than 500 authentic objects including inscriptions, weapons, terra cotta figures and remains of religious symbols.

"We have 600 artifacts in this exhibit," Koons added.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opens at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on March 16.

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