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Researchers Find Ancient Fabrics in Colors Noted in Jewish Sources

Researchers have revealed three rare 2,000-year-old fabrics that were dyed with an extract and in prestigious colors mentioned in Jewish sources.

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One of the  2,000-year-old fabrics discovered near the caves of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

One of the 2,000-year-old fabrics discovered near the caves of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Photo Credit: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.



The three fabrics shed light on the Murabba‘at caves and represent the most prestigious colors in antiquity: indigo, purple and crimson.

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  1. ChristyFreyNickle says:

    Tangibles provide evidence of Israel’s homeland over 2,000 years ago. Why the UN, Palestinians and other world groups cannot/will not connect the dots shows their lack of desire to accept any possibility that Israel actually does own the land.

  2. Tangibles provide evidence of Israel's homeland over 2,000 years ago. Why the UN, Palestinians and other world groups cannot/will not connect the dots shows their lack of desire to accept any possibility that Israel actually does own the land.

  3. KeithGilbert says:

    Perhaps we can get a production of this original and authentic dye so the thread, tekhelet, can once again be seen on our talits! I can not help but note the high quality of the weaving…textiles are indeed wonderful teachers. For myself, I’m done with looking for ‘others’ to accept Israel, they have murder in their hearts and it can’t be displaces…we know who we are and have established our identity and right to live, let those who would do us harm beware!

  4. Perhaps we can get a production of this original and authentic dye so the thread, tekhelet, can once again be seen on our talits! I can not help but note the high quality of the weaving…textiles are indeed wonderful teachers. For myself, I'm done with looking for 'others' to accept Israel, they have murder in their hearts and it can't be displaces…we know who we are and have established our identity and right to live, let those who would do us harm beware!

  5. VickiSueStone861 says:

    I always thought it funny that the kosher kosher tzitzit were dyed from the very treif snails!

  6. I always thought it funny that the kosher kosher tzitzit were dyed from the very treif snails!

  7. WendyIColbert says:

    The article claims one of the pieces is over dyed with Cochineal which is an American bug. This would not have been available in the time and place posited. Instead I suggest that the bug used to over dye was Lac which would have been available as it comes from India and Asia.

  8. Wendy I Colbert says:

    The article claims one of the pieces is over dyed with Cochineal which is an American bug. This would not have been available in the time and place posited. Instead I suggest that the bug used to over dye was Lac which would have been available as it comes from India and Asia.

  9. SKevinWojtaszek says:

    So, are you ready to turn your land over to First Nations?

  10. So, are you ready to turn your land over to First Nations?

  11. RayMailhot says:

    It does show more legitimacy then the british land of palestine!

  12. Ray Mailhot says:

    It does show more legitimacy then the british land of palestine!


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