My attempts to avoid this grand discovery have not gone well, to judge from the number of emails I have received suggesting that I must not have seen this story. It’s foolish to think that I can somehow temper enthusiasm by ignoring the report, so I am succumbing to the requests to note the discovery here. If I had delayed one more day (April 1), I would have at least felt some measure of justification in spending my time on this.
The discovery is a collection of 70 ring-bound books made of lead and copper. Other artifacts were made at the site of discovery, including scrolls and tablets.
In a nutshell, the problems with this discovery include the facts that (1) we don’t know who owns the artifacts; (2) we don’t know where they were found; (3) the artifacts were not excavated by archaeologists but stolen by thieves; (4) nearly all information about the discovery so far has come from a single source of dubious reliability; (5) claims have been made that this find is more significant than the Dead Sea Scrolls; (6) the source of information appears to be positioning himself for fame and fortune…
And from the conclusion:
There may be something to this discovery, but first the artifacts must be confiscated by the officials and assigned to reputable scholars. In the meantime, I would not trust anything coming from the mouths of antiquities thieves or Mr. Elkington.
Read on here.