Original caption: Two workmen at F-5 where MSS fragments were found.
Comment: F5 refers to Team F, Cave 5, a team including Barthélemy. However, the workers in this picture are not identified. Cave F5 corresponds to GQ19 = Cave 2Q. It had already been discovered by Bedouin by the time of the survey, and indeed the fact that it yielded manuscripts led directly to the exploration. There were two levels in the cave and it opened to the north-east. Despite the previous discovery by the Bedouin, the team found manuscript fragments, 2 cylindrical jars and fragments of about 6 other jars, as well as a jar cover and 3 bowls. There were also textiles.
This picture was first published by Harding and Reed (1953: 13, Fig. 9), with the caption: ‘The cave excavated near the cave which contained the Dead Sea Scrolls (photograph: ASOR)’. It was subsequently published in Humbert and Chambon (1994: 205, Fig. 422) with caption: ‘Entrée de la grotte 2Q’. The cave entrance is shown in a similar photograph in DJD III, Pl. III:3, but with Joseph Milik sitting in the upper entrance. The caption reads: ’Grotte 19=2Q’.