archaeologist yuval peleg gives interview about qumran

These sandals, found at Qumran, were likely used by a soldier or pottery worker. Photo by Owen Jarus.

These sandals, found at Qumran, were likely used by a soldier or pottery worker. Photo by Owen Jarus.

israeli archaeologist yuval peleg has given an interview to journalist owen jarus, which has been posted on the heritage key website. he discusses his interpretations of qumran.

when asked about the defensive nature of qumran, peleg offers:

It’s not a fortress. It’s a small site with small units. All its purpose was was to see that no enemy army was coming to the Dead Sea shores, climbing the cliffs towards Jerusalem. That’s it. There are no big units, just a small site.

at the end of the interview, when asked if the residents of qumran lived in caves, peleg responds:

Leopards? Today there is maybe one. But in ancient times there were probably leopards. There are still hyenas, jackals, everything. You don’t want to live in a cave with a hyena!

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