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Five of the most valuable exhibits at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC have been found to be fake.
The artefacts, thought to be part of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls, will no longer be displayed, the museum said.
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Academics tested the fragments and found that they 'show characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin and therefore will no longer be displayed at the museum,' the institution said.
'Though we had hoped the testing would render different results, this is an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of verifying the authenticity of rare biblical artifacts, the elaborate testing process undertaken and our commitment to transparency,' said Jeffrey Kloha, Ph.D., chief curatorial officer for Museum of the Bible.
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'As an educational institution entrusted with cultural heritage, the museum upholds and adheres to all museum and ethical guidelines on collection care, research and display.'
The Museum of the Bible has displayed five fragments since its grand opening in November 2017.
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The museum has now removed these fragments from display, replacing them with three other fragments that will be on exhibit pending further scientific analysis and scholarly research.
'The museum continues to support and encourage research on these objects and others in its collection both to inform the public about leading-edge research methods and ensure our exhibits are presenting the most accurate and updated information,' said Kloha.
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In April 2017, Bible Museum sent five fragments to the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung (BAM) a German institute for analyzing materials, where scholars tested for 3D digital microscopy and conducted material analyses of the ink and sediment on the papyrus.
Their report, which the Bible Museum said they recently received, 'further raises suspicions about the authenticity of all five fragments.'
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Kipp Davis of Trinity Western University has been part of the study.
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