Ancient Judeans Wrote Torah Scrolls on Gazelle Hide, Archaeologists Find

Since rabbis frowned on eating hunted animals, discovery of gazelle remains in the 1,900-year-old Galilean towns hints at parchment industry, say archaeologists

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Gazelle bones: The white one on the right is modern, the left one is Roman-era, found at Shikhin
Gazelle bones: The white one on the right is modern, the left one is Roman-era, found at ShikhinCredit: Ran Bouchnik
Philippe Bohstrom
Philippe Bohstrom
One of the rooms in which gazelle bones were found at Shikhin, 2018Credit: Shikhin Excavation Project
A gazelle in modern Israel: Still kosherCredit: \ Eliyahu Hershkovitz
Dead Sea Scrolls: Many were written on skin parchmentCredit: Emil Salman
Gazelles trotting down the road at Shikhin, 2018Credit: Shikhin Excavation Project

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