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The Dead Sea treasure map

One of the Dead Sea Scrolls was written on copper rather than papyrus or parchment – and it’s a treasure map. Entries contain a location, a distance to dig, and what was hidden or buried there; 63 point to caches of gold and silver, and one to priestly vestments.

The Copper Scroll

[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The nature of the treasure is itself in contention – some hold that it is the treasure of the First or Second Temples of Jerusalem, others that it was the combined wealth of the community that gave us the other Dead Sea Scrolls. None of the treasure has been found, but given that the scroll probably dates back a couple of thousand years it is unlikely to ever be found.

Categories: Ancient history History Middle East Religion & belief

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