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The findings were obtained by radiocarbon dating of one of the Qumran bones. On re-examination of the bones which are now housed in France, the researchers found that six of seven individuals formerly tagged as women were actually men, Nagar said in a Science News .
The study showed that the bodies were around 2,200 years old when they were excavated. A small number of children have also been excavated at Qumran. He identified 30 of the newly excavated individuals as definitely or probably males, based on factors that include the pelvic shape and body sizes.
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Open: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs from am - 5 pm, Tues am - 11 pm, Fri 10 am - 2 pm For inquiries: 02 648-0862.Anthropologist Yossi Nagar of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem presented the findings Nov.16 during the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Another startling findings has dispelled previously held notions that seven of the bodies belonged to women.Now, there might be a scientific way to figure out who once occupied a settlement located near the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.The Dead Sea scrolls are considered the greatest manuscripts of all time.