Early in March 1947, a fifteen-year-old boy unintentionally set off a train of events which shook the world. A young Bedouin shepherd, Mohammed the Wolf, was looking for a stray goat among the caves along a sandstone ridge in the Judean Desert near the north-west shore for the Dead Sea.
Picking up a stone, he threw it into the cave to flush out the goat. But he was startled to hear the sound of shattering pottery.
These jars contained rolls of old leather covered with strange writing, all carefully wrapped in cloth. The foul-smelling leather wasn’t the treasure the boys were hoping for. But they had found treasure, even if they didn’t realise it.