The Dead Sea Scrolls Conservation and Digital Library


Obviously, not really a Mormon artifact, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been of particular interest to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their historical content about ancient times in the Holyland. I think there has been an associated interest also because of the origins of the Pearl of Great Price. At the end of this blog post there is poignant lesson to be learned about what NOT to do at home as you try to preserve family history documents!

Perhaps you will find interesting the care and conservation involved in decifering and preserving these ancient scrolls and the, what seems as, near miraculous technology that is able to extract the ancient script. To extract ancient script from carbonized deteriorated chunks of nothing and read the time capsules of antiquity is truely amazing.

Of course, on a project and sensitive and complicated as this, careful analysis and non distructive fact finding is imperitive before hands begin to work on them. There is also an interesting video on this blog post of the Israel Antiquities Library for the Dead Sea Scrolls to watch. Cut and paste this URL:

And here is the “take away” lesson for all readers and lovers of preserving family heritage: NEVER use off the shelf adhesive tapes on documents, certificates, books… on anything! They are among the top 10 worse things to use. If its worth keeping, its worth NOT using tape on it.

See the interesting article from the Israel Antiquities Library for the Dead Sea Scrolls. Cut and paste this URL:

Scott M. Haskins, Art Conservator 805 564 3438

About Scott Haskins

Scott M. Haskins has been in the field of professional art conservation since 1975. He studied and worked doing mural and painting conservation in Italy until 1979. He headed up the painting conservation laboratory at Brigham Young University for the BYU Permanent Art Collection and the LDS HIstorical Department until 1984. He works from Santa Barbara, CA providing art conservation services nationwide. He is also the author of "How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster."
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