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Israeli authorities say they have recovered a papyrus document which appears to be nearly 2,000 years old.

 

The document measures 15cm by 15cm (6in by 6in), and contains 15 lines of ancient Hebrew script.

 

It appears to be a legal instruction, transferring a widow's property to her late husband's brother.

 

It was seized from two Palestinian men in a sting operation at a Jerusalem hotel, police said. The two could face several years in jail.

 

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said on Wednesday that the scroll was an "exceptional archeological document, of the like but a few exist," reported Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

 

It said similar scrolls had been sold worldwide for sums as high as $5-10m (

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From the BBC

 

Israeli authorities say they have recovered a papyrus document which appears to be nearly 2,000 years old.

 

The document measures 15cm by 15cm (6in by 6in), and contains 15 lines of ancient Hebrew script.

 

It appears to be a legal instruction, transferring a widow's property to her late husband's brother.

 

It was seized from two Palestinian men in a sting operation at a Jerusalem hotel, police said. The two could face several years in jail.

 

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said on Wednesday that the scroll was an "exceptional archeological document, of the like but a few exist," reported Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

 

It said similar scrolls had been sold worldwide for sums as high as $5-10m (

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