Ancient manuscripts of Jews, the Copper Scroll gives hint of the historical treasure

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the Copper Scroll historical treasure

The Qumran National Park hosts the archaeological site, Qumran, found in Israel. This place is very well known for its Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden. The Dead Sea Scrolls are known as the ancient manuscripts of the Jews.

Among the Dead Sea Scrolls which are written on parchment or papyrus, the Copper Scroll is significantly different from others. It is written on metal.

It is good to note that the Hebrew Bible is mostly represented in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Copper Scroll is made of copper so thin that it could be rolled up.

To avoid decomposition, it was however cut into strips to well-preserved. Since 2013, it has been on display at the Jordan Museum. Before that it was kept at the Jordan Archaeological Museum on Amman’s Citadel Hill.

What is very interesting about this scroll is that it reveals places where there several treasures have been hidden since years back. Archaeologists reported that indeed this manuscript was special as it unveiled directions to sixty-four locations where the astounding endless gold and silver could be found.

It has also been underlined by scholars that this particular scroll was kept at a different time in the cave to all the other parchment scrolls, hence confirming the fact that indeed it was special. In 1962, archaeologist John Allegro convincingly excavated the potential burial places that were mentioned on the scroll but he did not succeed in his endeavour.

This nevertheless did not stop other treasure seekers to restrain from the chase of this epic treasure. Even if there has been prevailing information about the treasure to be looted by Romans thousands of years ago, people are still in quest of it in the present time.

The following information has been perused from one of the columns of the Copper Scroll:

“In the salt pit that is under the steps: forty-one talents of silver. In the cave of the old washer’s chamber, on the third terrace: sixty-five ingots of gold.”