Vail Symposium event: Searching for Dead Sea Scrolls on July 24 |

Vail Symposium event: Searching for Dead Sea Scrolls on July 24

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Dr. Randall Price will share stories about his exciting discovery at the Vail Symposium's event on July 24.
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If you go …

What: Discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls with Dr. Randall Price.

Where: The Westin Riverfront Resort, Avon.

When: Monday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. presentation.

Cost: $25 online before 2 p.m. on the day of the event, $35 at the door, $10 students and teachers, town of Eagle and Vail Resorts employees.

More information: Visit or call 970-476-0954 to register.

AVON — It’s a dream that every Indiana Jones fan shares: the desire to find something extraordinary.

For Dr. Randall Price, Ph.D., that dream became a reality earlier this year when he and his team discovered an elusive cave — a cave that once held treasure. On Monday, at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, Price will share stories about his exciting discovery and describe his 10 years of excavation on the Qumran Plateau, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Discoveries Abound

Called the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century, the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered outside of Jerusalem in the late 1940s. This ancient collection of texts includes the oldest known biblical manuscripts, dating back some 2,000 years. Originally discovered in 11 caves along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956, archaeologists and looters alike have searched for a 12th cave for years. Earlier this year, a team that included Price finally found what they were looking for: the 12th cave.

Part of the Vail Symposium’s Hot Topics series, Price will not only discuss that extraordinary discovery, but he will also talk about the history and politics of the region, what it means to be able to excavate an area which has been off limits for 61 years and new technology used for the digs.

“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Price join us to speak about his work on the Qumran Plateau,” said Kris Sabel, director of the Vail Symposium. “This discovery represents not only a milestone in Dead Sea Scroll research, but also proves that there is more to be unearthed. This promises to be a very exciting evening.”

About Dr. Randall Price

Price is the founder and president of World of the Bible Ministries Inc. and is a distinguished research professor and executive director of the Center for Judaic Studies at Liberty University. He was director of excavations on the Qumran Plateau (site of the Dead Sea Scroll community) in Israel from 2002 to 2012 and now is co-director of Operation Scroll.

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