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Measuring Cups from Qumran

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Cylindrical cups of this type, ranging in height between 5 and 15 centimeters, are frequently found in sites of the Second Temple period. It is believed that their capacities correspond to the dry and liquid measures mentioned in the Mishnah. Scholars hold that the cups were made of stone since is not susceptible to impurity according to Jewish law, and were used mainly for ritual hand washing.

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