Philip R. Davies Qumran Slide Collection (1970-71)

DQCAAS is extremely grateful to the late Prof. Philip R. Davies for generously making available to us his slide collection of Qumran. These slides were taken in 1970-71 when he was a doctoral student in Jerusalem, working on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Travelling Scholar at the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem (now the Kenyon Institute). These slides include a remarkable picture of Fr. Roland de Vaux explaining how the people of Qumran washed their laundry.

Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at Sheffield University and Chair of the Palestine Exploration Fund, was one of our key supporters.  He is a towering figure in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and author of a book that engages with the archaeology of the site of Qumran and its environs: Qumran (Cities of the Biblical World; Guildford: Lutterworth Press/Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982). He was co-founder and director of Sheffield Academic Press and founding editor of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and Professor Emeritus of Sheffield University, were he worked since 1975.

Philip laid out the slides on the Palestine Exploration Fund lightbox on 13 September, 2017, as shown in this image taken by Sandra Jacobs, DQCAAS Network Facilitator and Researcher. Philip died peacefully at home on 31 May, 2018, as he dearly wished, after being diagnosed with cancer, which was terminal, only two weeks earlier. He had successfully fought off a previous cancer in 2016, and was at the time this photograph taken and through to May unaware of being ill and happily looking forward to retirement from the PEF, with all kinds of ideas for future projects and more time for other things. His contribution to and enthusiasm for DQCAAS as been very much appreciated, and we are really sorry he could not see it flower further.

phillip at PEF 13 Sept 17 - no 2

These images are copyright the Estate of Philip R. Davies. All images from the website may be used with the following acknowledgement: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield.’ Captions may be cited by reference to the authors Joan Taylor, Dennis Mizzi and Marcello Fidanzio, ‘Philip Davies Slide Collection,’ https://DQCAAS.com.

While PNG images are made available here, we also have high-resolution TIFF images and JPEG images available on request. Please contact DQCAAS Network Facilitator, Dr. Sandra Jacobs (sandra.jacobs@kcl.ac.uk) for further permissions. For any content-related questions please contact Prof. Joan Taylor, joan.taylor@kcl.ac.uk.

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1. Qumran (1970-71). View north over southern wall of Locus 77 to drain (of Period 1b) in the northern wall and pool of Locus 58 beyond. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_1; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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2. Qumran (1970-71). General view of site of Qumran looking south from the tower. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_2; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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3. Qumran (1970-71). View westwards over site of Qumran with Roland de Vaux gesturing in bottom left corner. Note woman dressed in blue with two dachshunds, which is Crystal Bennett, then Director of the British School of Archaeology of Jerusalem and a close friend of de Vaux. The view here looks towards one of the arms of the Qumran pass in the distance, and over the ‘workshop’ area of the site. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_3; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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4. Qumran (1970-71). View from the tower westwards over Loci 129-136. The water channel running between Locus 130 and Locus 131 can be seen clearly. In front of the figure standing in the distance is the miqveh area of Locus 138.The aqueduct runs off along the edge left of this picture and a pathway is clearly seen leading to the hills behind. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_4; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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5. Qumran (1970-71). View of tower from the north. This image is the same as slide 11 but with a different colour development. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_5; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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6. Qumran (1970-71). The small miqveh (ritual bath) or personal bath of Locus 68 with man sitting inside. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_6; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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7. Qumran (1970-71). View of Wadi Qumran and Cave 4Qa and 4Qb from the plateau. In the distance the aqueduct zig-zags up the cliffs to the left of the picture and the pass leads off the right. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_7; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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8. Qumran (1970-71). Looking south over the pool of Locus 71, towards the plateau and the eastern wall. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_1; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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9. Qumran (1970-71). View east across the eastern wall with cemetery and Dead Sea behind. In the foreground is Locus 75, the date pressing area, and the southern part of Locus 71 (pool) is in the middle distance. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_9; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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10. Qumran (1970-71). View from the arm of the Wadi Qumran south-east with Cave 4Qa area on the right and Cave 9Q (broken) on the left. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_10; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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11. Qumran (1970-71). View of the tower from the north. This is the same as Slide 5 but with a different colour development. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_11; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’) Enter a caption
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12. Qumran (1970-71). View from the tower looking east over the site to the cemetery area beyond. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_12; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’) NB Slide is blurry but included here for completeness.
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13. Qumran (1970-71). Entrance to Cave 1Q (lower part) on the left side of the picture. The small upper entrance is here obscured by a rock overhang. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_13; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)

 

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14. Qumran (1970-71). From the dam area of the aqueduct in the wadi above Qumran looking east across to the Qumran plateau and the Dead Sea beyond. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_14; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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15. Qumran (1970-71). View looking east showing the aqueduct leading to the site of Qumran and the Dead Sea beyond. This picture was taken before the first visitor centre was constructed. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_15; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)
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16. Qumran (1970-71). Fr. Roland de Vaux demonstrating how clothing was laundered at Qumran, where items were washed and patted dry on flat stone, as it was done in rural France during his childhood. He is kneeling in Locus 52. (Identifier: Davies_Slide_16; © Philip R. Davies estate, re-use permitted with citation: ‘From the collection of Professor Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield’)