Google helps publishing ancient Dead Sea scrolls online

London, Sept 27 (ANI): The Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest of biblical manuscripts, are now available online after search giant Google helped digitise the ancient texts.

By digitizing the ancient texts, both amateur and professional scholars will now have access to ultra-high resolution (1,200 mega-pixel) images on the Internet, the BBC reports.

Originally discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves along the Dead Sea shore, East of Jerusalem, the manuscripts include both religious and secular texts documenting life in the first and second centuries after Christ.

The texts are generally written on papyrus or parchment, and in many cases only small fragments remain.

According to the report, so far five of the scrolls have been captured-the Temple Scroll, the Great Isaiah Scroll, the War Scroll, the Commentary on the Habakkuk Scroll, and the Community Rule Scroll.

Ardon Bar-Hama, a photographer of antiquities, reportedly used ultraviolet-protected flash tubes to light the scrolls for 1/4000th of a second in order to protect them from damage.

Google has assisted in digitising a large number of historical documents, including the Art Project, which brings together high resolution versions of may classing paintings from galleries around the world. (ANI)