The Dead Sea Scrolls are Still a Hot Topic: 1.2 million Visit the Newly Digitized Scrolls Site

Joseph Lauer pointed me to an article regarding the 1 million visitors that checked out the newly digitized scrolls. Many of the scrolls were digitized by the Israel Museum and the IAA, with the help of Google. Today the JPost noticed that it only took 10 days for the site to get 1.2 million visitors. Clearly the Dead Sea Scrolls are still a topic that can stir up significant attention.

‘Virtual’ Dead Sea Scrolls: 1.2m. online views in 10 days

For nearly 2,000 years, the Dead Sea Scrolls stayed hidden from view in ceramic vessels deep in the Qumran caves before being brought out to the public for display at the Israel Museum in 1965.

Ten days ago, Google and the Israel Museum launched a website where they uploaded high-resolution photographs of five scrolls. Since then, almost 1.2 million people have viewed the scrolls, coming from 213 countries, including one day when the site attracted 400,000 visitors.

“We didn’t know it would be so popular; we’ve had so many visitors in such a short period of time,” said Dr. Susan Hazan, who, as the curator of new media at the Israel Museum, is overseeing the project.

“Within the first year of the inaugural of the renewed museum, we had 1 million visitors. I’m going to be very curious to see how long it takes us to have 1 million individual users go into our site now to embrace the Dead Sea Scrolls through this technology, though I have a feeling it’ll be a bit shorter than one year,” said Israel Museum director James Snyder at the website’s launch 10 days ago…[See rest here]

See Youtube video here: Dead Sea Scrolls Online
See the new site: The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

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