Materials could have been traded and the scrolls written near the Dead Sea ... or even folks from the Dead Sea traveled to Jerusalem, used local materials and made some scrolls, and traveled back.
So from that, it's clear to see that extensive trading networks were necessary for these civilizations, not just for luxuries like exotic herbs and spices, but their basic industrial needs.
Seems that lethal dose for arsenic is likely too high to be transmitted by even a pure arsenic trioxide blade, unless it was manufactured with the intent of leaving bits inside the wound, like maybe a blade a rough brittle surface to leave grit. Even so, would have to introduce ~50+mgs worth, which sees like a tall order.
Seems arsenic bronze is even less toxic, so probably not poisoning anyone. I wonder if the minor local toxicity of arsenic blade cuts would reduce the chance of the wound causing sepsis.
As for the movement of writers, or the scrolls post creation, you'd look at where scripts were generated and where they sourced their materials. Just speculating, as I haven't read the background material on this new discovery, but it would make sense that the monasteries in Jerusalem would have a reproducible sourcing process since they would be generating manuscripts often. Same would go for monasteries around the Dead Sea.
But, researchers have to find something to research or they're out of a job.
Sorry to make a minor point, but while the goods scandinavian and mediterranean goods travelled that far, doesn't mean the people did.
Perhaps more likely, each was traded a dozen times with someone 50km away, and the goods reached people the manufacturer had no idea existed.
I don't know the actual history / archaeology, or quantities involved.
Europe does have a remarkably good inland navigable river network.
There's mention here that Scandinavians raided Mediterranian coastal towns and villages:
This map suggests a possible eastern route (the accompanying web page makes no mention of Sweden, scandinavia, or the Baltics):
Travel along the Donau, Dneiper, or Don rivers could have reached the Black Sea:
This article and map suggest sea routes, through the Straits of Gibraltar:
Some things never change: https://www.steelavailable.com/en/counterfeit-steel-big-worr...
I just got this Kindle book to satisfy my dead sea scroll interpretations, even though the author is a bit antiauthoritarian! He apparently had a direct influence on the public release of the scrolls.
"Breaking the Dead Sea Scrolls Monopoly: A New Interpretation of the Messianic Movement in Palestine"
Is this a typo? Domain does not appear to exist.
and some with translations in:
This is a technical forum, and people is expected to understand this and understand that if the salt is uncommon there is something unexpected. [I didn't know that is was common to cover the parchment with salts, but it's not so hard to understand the relation anyway. IANAA]
And it's almost the subtitle:
> Dead Sea scrolls study raises new questions over texts' origins
> Salts used on Temple scroll are not common to Dead Sea region, researchers find
Perhaps the mods will agree to change it.
I think it gives more information, since it tells what has been discovered, even non-archaeologists can understand what it's about. And "raises new questions" can easily be added.
That's true of any bible text we have. The original texts are lost, hence biblical exegesis and hermeneutics exist as disciplines. And which "canon" are you talking about? The 5th century canon before the East-West schism of the Eastern Orthodox-Catholic church? The 16th century canons of the Roman Catholic or the Church of England? There are a lot of canons out there.
By fake I mean made to look older than they are; and possibly planted in the caves.
And note I said "not far-fetched"; not likely, just less improbable than previously.