National Geographic : 1958 Dec
ancient scrolls. After countless experiments on the dummy roll, the Johns Hopkins chem ists developed a process to restore the copper to its original condition. But, in the mean time, the College of Technology of England's University of Manchester had succeeded in cutting the scrolls open. For this incredibly delicate operation, Prof. H. Wright Baker employed a device used to cut slits in pen nibs, a machine with a disk fine enough to saw incisions only six one-thousandths of an inch in thickness. Baker sawed the metal rolls into thin, troughlike slices (page 803). So carefully did he work that not a single letter was lost! After all this trouble, what was inscribed on the copper sheets? A message to inflame any treasure hunter's (and any archeologist's) 804 imagination. For here were 60 clues to sep arate hoards of gold and silver in the area of western Jordan-from Hebron to Nablus. "In the cistern which is below the rampart, on the east side, in a place hollowed out of rock; 600 bars of silver. "Close by, below the southern corner of the portico, at Zadok's tomb, underneath the pilaster in the exedra [meeting room], a ves sel of incense in pine wood, and a vessel of incense in cassia wood. "In the pit near by, toward the north in a hole opening toward the north near the graves, there is a copy of this document with explanations, measurements, and all details." Is this really a catalogue of treasure, or is it another strange Essene document whose meaning we cannot yet grasp? Most scholars 7 r'V: 4- "