- In the following
Yizhar Hirschfeld reportedly claimed that finds "contradict everything we know
about every aspect of the Essenes" --perfect over the top tendentiousness.
For new information on further connections between Essenes, the Khirbeh, the
scrolls and the caves, see J.-B. Humbert and J. Gunneweg in NTOA-SA vol. 2--
including yet another Qumran inkwell, from a locus with a long inscription.
For the helpful observation that some "luxury" items come from Period III, i.e.
after 68 AD, a after Essene habitation, see Joan E. Taylor in PEQ (2004) 91-97.