Estimated Treasure: $1 billion
Many have heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, hidden for more than 2,000 years and filled with ancient history. But did you know the scrolls included a treasure map?
Archaeologists searching the caves of Qumran near the Dead Sea in Israel, where the first of the Dead Sea Scrolls was found, made a unique discovery. Uncovering a copper scroll broken into two halves, they found a list of areas around Israel where gold and silver were hidden. The list included 64 locations, with clues such as:
"Item 12: In the court of [unreadable], nine cubits under the southern corner: gold and silver vessels for tithe, sprinkling basins, cups, sacrificial bowls, libations vessels; in all, six hundred and nine."
"Item 32: In the cave that is next to [unreadable] belonging to the House of Hakkoz, dig six cubits. There are six bars of gold."
The value of the gold and silver listed totals more than $1 billion — and none has yet to be found!