Unusual tombs in the Kidron Valley

Allegro had no problem financing his excavation, which was under the auspices of Britain’s Daily Mail tabloid newspaper, and Jordan provided workers and transportation.

August 27, 2015 16:12
Ha’ofel Road

At the Ha’ofel Road lookout: There is a wonderful view of Absalom’s Tomb, Zechariah’s Tomb and a variety of hollows in the rocks. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)


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 In the early 1960s, British scholar John Marco Allegro led an expedition to Jordanian Jerusalem in an attempt to recover hidden treasure.

Allegro – an expert in Hebrew dialects – had been the first to translate a 2,000-yearold copper scroll unearthed in 1952 deep inside a cave near the Dead Sea. What he discovered from the scroll was astounding: Over 100 tons of gold and silver treasures from the Second Temple had been hidden in over 60 locations. According to his understanding, one of the locations the scroll mentioned was in the immediate area surrounding what was believed to be the tomb of the prophet Zechariah in the Kidron valley.


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