Israel building center for ancient artifacts

JERUSALEM - Israel is building a national archeological center to store and showcase its collection of some two million ancient artifacts, including the world's largest collection of Dead Sea Scrolls.
Most of Israel's state antiquities collection is currently stored in warehouses that are closed to the public. The new center in Jerusalem is scheduled to open in 2016. It will be the Antiquities Authority's first public center for exhibiting its hoard of treasures that date back as far as 5,000 years.
The new archeological center is being built next to the Israel Museum, which will keep some of the most complete Dead Sea Scrolls in its Shrine of the Book gallery.
Written about 2,000 years ago, the Dead Sea Scrolls are the earliest copies of the Hebrew Bible ever found, and the oldest written evidence of the roots of Judaism and Christianity in the Holy Land. Israel considers the scrolls a national treasure.

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