AI taught to distinguish ancient languages and identify authors of manuscripts

Dutch researchers at the University of Groningen studied the Dead Sea Scrolls and found that they could have been written by two groups of scribes.

A similar style says they belonged to the same school. We plan to study other scrolls in the same way.

Mladen Popovich, one of the authors of the article, professor at the University of Groningen

The Qumran Manuscripts, or the Dead Sea Scrolls, is the name of the manuscripts discovered since 1947 in the Qumran caves, in the Wadi Murabbaat caves. The scrolls found at Qumran date from the 3rd century BC. e. to the 1st century A.D. e. and are of great historical, religious and linguistic significance.

Examination of the manuscripts confirmed that at least some of them were written in the Qumran community. They are rewritten books of the Old Testament, biblical apocrypha and literature that described the life of the Jewish sect of the Essenes.

Scientists have created a neural network that can highlight the common features and differences in the writing of these texts.

The results of Popovich and his colleagues support this assumption. It turned out that the scroll could be divided into two equal halves, each of which consisted of the first 27 and last columns of text.

This clear division suggests that the Great Scroll of Isaiah had at least two authors, or two groups of authors, whose writing style was very similar.

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