Israel Antiquities Authority

And they all fall down. Father J. T. Milik, a member of the original Dead Sea Scroll editorial team, who also participated in the excavation of Qumran, carefully brushes dirt from broken pottery in a room adjacent to the dining hall (room 86 on the plan). The shattered pottery found in this room could be evidence of an earthquake in 31 B.C.E. The presence of such a store of dishes in a room adjoining a large central hall (number 77) led de Vaux, and most others, to conclude that the large hall was a communal dining room with an adjoining pantry.