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Mystery Explored: Lost Treasures of the Copper Scroll
Expedition Dates: November 25 - December 9, 2006

Summary:

In the depths of an Israeli cave, archaeologists found rolls of dusty manuscripts dating to the 1st century AD. Unlike other scrolls written on parchment, these were inscribed on a copper scroll. Scholars believe the copper scrolls represent a detailed treasure map—a list of hiding places where the priests of Jerusalem’s Second Temple stored their most precious silver and gold artifacts during times of trouble. To learn more, I rappelled into the caves outside Qumran, created my own copper scroll, and used ground-penetrating radar inside a newly excavated tunnel hundreds of yards beneath the ground on a quest for one of the most valuable treasures in history.


Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
Dr. Alison Schofield
Dr. Israel Finkelstein
Dr. Oren Gutfeld
Mr. Vendyl Jones
Dr. Peter Kyle McCarter
Mr. Robert Feather
Ms. Alda Naghawy
Locations Visited:
Jerusalem, Israel
Qumran, Israel
Valley of Achor, Israel
Fort of Hyrcania, Israel
Timna Valley, Israel

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