Source: Googling the Dead Sea Scrolls
I told you all of the cool stuff was happening in Israel.
When I was in graduate school, my professor showed us a newspaper image that he found a bit ridiculous. It featured a scholar holding in one hand a tiny fragment of one of the Dead Sea Scrolls with a pair of tweezers and in the other hand a magnifying glass and lit cigarette.
The world has changed a lot since then.
Nowadays you no longer need to go to a research library or order expensive fascicles to see the Dead Sea Scrolls yourself. You can view them online at the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library.
A few months ago, Master Reynard de la Rochefoucauld asked me for help with identifying a Greek coin from Roman Imperial times. It has been a few months, but I think we determined that it was minted during the reign of Severus Alexander.
Move forward a few months as I am searching online for links of interest to SCAdians and I come across the British Numismatic Society—numismatics being the study or collection of currency and related objects—which has published their journal online. And that is not just a small sampling: they have almost every volume dating back to 1903!
Source: Temple and sacred vessels from Biblical times discovered at Tel Motza
Ancient Israel is a little early for the majority of the SCA, but how often do we get to discuss a nearly three-millennia-old archaeological find? The story linked above discusses temple ruins discovered near Jerusalem as part of preparations for highway construction! Israeli archaeologists date the ruins to the 8th Century BCE, around the time of King Hezekiah of Judah and the Prophet Isaiah.
Note: I originally came across this story via a Yahoo! article, but chose to link to the Israeli government website because I found the original press release more informative.