Dating stone artifacts - The Old Stone Age (Paleolithic Era) -

We were once told that archaeology was a lot of really boring stuff that's nothing like you see in the movies. Supposedly, there's a lot of careful research but definitely no treasure maps with spots marked by an X. We were lied to.

The Copper Scroll is an honest-to-gosh treasure map. It was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, and it tells the story of exactly how to find major ancient treasures … sort of. According to the text, 64 treasure hoards were scattered across Jerusalem and the Judean desert, and they were used to hide the most valuable treasure in the world from invaders. That treasure wasn't just religious artifacts but a huge amount of gold, silver, and coins, too. No one's really sure just how much we're talking here — the weights and measurements the scroll uses haven't been successfully translated — but archaeologists are pretty sure it's what people call "a lot."

The pieces of archaic text that have been translated give rather precise directions. The problem is that the directions are a little too precise and refer to things like water tanks, reservoirs, and underground passages. We have no way of tracing those references now. Some think the whole thing is fiction anyway, but another school of thought says the Copper Scroll was a record of the actions of a religious sect of people living in the city of Qumran, who were responsible for safekeeping Jewish treasure. We've seen Indiana Jones , and we're pretty sure it's the second theory. It has to be.

The Stone Age is the first period in the three-age system of archaeology , which divides human technological prehistory into three periods:

Dating stone artifacts

Dating stone artifacts