Archeologists discover that a 364-day calendar year existed during biblical times

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Qumran is an archaeological site extending over an area of 100 x 80 meters (320 x 263 ft), in the West Bank and is a National Park. It is located on a dry plateau about 1.5 kilometers (1 mi) from the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea. The Hellenistic period settlement was constructed around 134-104 B.C., and was occupied most of the time until it was destroyed by the Romans in 68 A.D. approximately. It is best known as the settlement nearest to the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden, in the sheer cliff caves. The principal excavations at Qumran were conducted by Roland de Vaux in 951-56, though several later excavations at the site have since been carried out. (Dennis Jarvis/Flickr)

Fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been translated revealing that a shorter calendar year was used than in modern times

(INTELLIHUB) — Archeologists have pieced together and translated fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls which suggest that people in biblical times had based their calendar year on a 364-day cycle and not a 365-day cycle, as modern society now does.

According to Yahoo News UK: “The new section of the scrolls were pieced together by Dr Eshbal Ratson and Prof Jonathan Ben-Dov of Haifa University” and “chronicle festivals known as New Wheat, New Wine and New Oil, and a festival marking the change between seasons, known as Tefukah.”

Some of the fragments were very small but were ultimately pieced together to show a 364-day calendar.

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