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The Washington, DC Museum announced Monday that a German lab performed a battery of tests on Five of its 16 fragments that showed “characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin.”
“Though we had hoped the testing would render different results, this is an opportunity to educate the public on the mportance or verifying the authenticity of rare biblical artifacts, the elaborate testing process undertaken and our commitment to transparency, “Jeffrey Kloha, the museum’s chief curatorial officer, said in a statement. “As a educational institution entrusted with cultural heritage, the museum upholds and adheres to all museum and ethical guidelines on collection care, research and display.”
The fragments have been on display at the $ 500 million museum since its grand opening last November , alongside more than 3,000 other artifacts including a first edition of the King James Bible and a page from the Gutenberg Bible.
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Questions about the scrolls’ authenticity were raised two years ago by academics conducting research sponsored by the museum, according to the statement. The museum sent the fragments to the German-based Bundesanstalt for Materialforschung und Prüfung in April 2017 for an analysis of the ink and sediment layers.
While the research was conducted, the museum continued to display the fragments alongside “information to educate
The museum continues to say that the inauthentic artifacts will be replaced by three other fragments while further analysis is conducted.
The museum continues to support and encourage research on these objects and others in its collection, both to inform the public about leading research methods and ensure our exhibits present the most accurate and updated information, “said Kloha.
The museum, one of the Biggest dedicated to the Bible in the world, is the brainchild of Hobby Lobby craft chain owners Steve and Jackie Green. Just last year, Hobby Lobby was forced to pay a $ 3 million fine and return thousands of antiques it bought that were smuggled from archeological sites in Iraq.
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