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


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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