Trustees of the British Museum/Art Resource, NY

THE SCROLL JAR. Many of the scrolls discovered in the caves of Qumran were found inside tall, cylindrical storage jars distinguished by their flat bases, delicately carinated shoulders and perfectly fitted bowl-shaped lids. While numerous “scroll jars” and lids have been found in the area’s caves, our author notes that the same type of pottery can be found strewn across the site of Qumran itself, indicating that those who placed the scrolls in the caves and those who lived at Khirbet Qumran were one and the same.