Seventy Small Books, Inscribed on Lead Plates, Found in Jordanian Cave
The Daily Mail (U.K.) reports that five years ago a Jordanian Bedouin found these tiny books, whose pages are about the size of a credit card. Scientists believe that the corrosion occurred naturally and was not chemically induced to make the plates look older than they actually are. They are believed to have been left by Christian refugees who fled from Jerusalem after the revolt of 70 A.D. was ruthlessly crushed by the Romans. The books are in Israeli hands at this time, although the government of Jordan wants them back.