This discovery established the provenance of the purchased scrolls.Also recovered were archeological artifacts that confirmed the scroll dates suggested by paleographic study.In addition to the 10 scroll samples, it sent Zurich samples of four other ancient parchment and papyrus scrolls clearly dated by their texts.None of the samples was identified, so their origin was unknown to the Swiss lab.With the aid of intermediaries, the four scrolls were purchased from Mar Samuel for 0,000 Thus, the scrolls that had eluded Yadin's father because of the war were now at his disposal. The northern Dead Sea area, the location of Qumran, became and remained part of Jordan until 1967.The search for scroll material rested in the hands of the Bedouins, who ravaged the Cave I site, no doubt losing precious material in the process. 3) A laboratory in Zurich employing a new, improved method of carbon-14 dating has pinpointed the age of the Dead Sea Scrolls to between the second century BCE and the beginning of the first century C.E., according to Magen Broshi, curator of the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, where some of the most important scrolls are kept.
Some of the caves were particularly rich in material.On June 1, 1954, Mar Samuel placed an advertisement in the Wall Street Journal offering "The Four Dead Sea Scrolls" for sale. His heirs sponsored construction of the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem's Israel Museum, in which these unique manuscripts are exhibited to the public.The advertisement was brought to the attention of Yigael Yadin, Professor Sukenik's son, who had just retired as chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces and had reverted to his primary vocation, archeology. The seven scrolls from Cave I, now housed together in the Shrine of the Book, are Isaiah A, Isaiah B, the Habakkuk Commentary, the Thanksgiving Scroll, the Community Rule (or the Manual of Discipline), the War Rule (or the War of Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness), and the Genesis Apocryphon, the last being in Aramaic. At least a year elapsed between the discovery of the scrolls in 1947 and the initiation of a systematic archeological investigation of the Qumran site.The first trove found by the Bedouins in the Judean Desert consisted of seven large scrolls from Cave I.The unusual circumstances of the find, on the eve of Israel's war of independence, obstructed the initial negotiations for the purchase of all the scrolls.