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In 1993, a cache of more than 140 papyrus scrolls was found in a room northeast of the church proper. They had been carbonized in a fire. Such discoveries are exceedingly rare in the Near East beyond Egypt. A team of papyrologists from Finland conserved these fragile 6th-century texts between 1994 and 1995 at ACOR in Amman as part of a major effort headed by Jaakko Frösén, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kress Foundation.
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