Author: John Allegro


1956 was a year of controversies and turmoil but a year of discovery and acquisition too. John Allegro became completely estranged from the Cave 4 Team, Cave 11 was discovered, Harding left what is there about these Department of Antiquities, and the Suez Crisis completely dispersed the team. For more than three years the resources of the Palestine Archaeological Museum had been focused on Cave 4. As for manuscripts, very little was found: only a few fragments inscribed with Paleo-Hebrew and a &t;Cigar-shaped,&t; black and brittle piece that was later identified as an Ezekiel scroll. On 26 July 1956, Egyptian President Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal and all its assets, ostensibly in response to Western unwillingness to help in finance building the new Aswan High Dam.

In: The Dead Sea Scrolls, A Full History


Investigators surveyed 30 U.S. military veterans with PTSD who reported having benefited from living with a dog. The subject population included men and women aged 34 to 67, with a mean of 56.9 years (SD = 8.1), who were being treated at two Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinics. Participants received a questionnaire packet designed to assess aspects of their mental and physical health and relationship with a canine companion, which they completed at home and returned either in person or by mail. The packet consisted of the PTSD Checklist-Military Version (PCL-M); Beck Depression Inventory, Second Edition (BDI-II); Veterans Short Form Health Survey and Health Behaviors Questionnaire (SF-36); Dog Information Sheet; Dog Relationship Questionnaire; and Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale. Respondents indicated that since adopting their dog they had experienced improvement in several areas, including feeling calmer, less lonely, less depressed, and less worried about their and their family’s safety. These results suggest that living with a companion dog may help relieve some of the psychological distress associated with PTSD in some veterans.

In: Society & Animals