Evidence for the presence of women at Qumran is scarce; a very small minority of the 1100 people buried in the cemetery at Qumran are women; and the scrolls only rarely mention women at all. One possibility is that the sectarian group was primarily a celibate group of men.
- Jodi Magness, 2002. The Archaeology of the Dead Sea Scrolls. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, Grand Rapids, Michigan.