understood period of history”.
ENDSNotes to Editors
1. David Elkington has been shown many of the artefacts by the currentpossessor of them, who wished to understand their significance, and wasallowed to photograph some of them in their present location for researchpurposes. But he makes no claim of ownership, which, based on the legaladvice he has received, rightly rests with the Kingdom of Jordan.Given the controversy and competition which the discovery of ancientartefacts always promotes – both academic and commercial – David iskeen to ensure that the find can now be properly and professionallyinvestigated, in a safe and secure place, with the full support of theKingdom of Jordan and with the benefit of access to the world’s leadingexperts.David has worked to date entirely on a voluntary basis, with the support of many friends, alongside the generous help of many leading experts in thisfield.2. BCE and CE are increasingly used by classical scholars in place of themore colloquially used terminology of BC and AD respectively.3. Particular observations from the codices include:
The codices show many symbols of the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot,which was associated with the enthronement of the ancient Davidic kingsin Jerusalem, and later with the coming of the Messiah.
There are clear images of the menorah (the seven branched lamp), leafybranches and etrogim, the large citrus fruits used at Tabernacles.
There are also fruiting palm trees, well known from coins of the latesecond temple period and the time of the Bar Kochba war.
There are blocks of paleo-Hebrew script, which could be from theHasmonean period, 2nd-1st century BCE, but the experts consulted todate believe these to be in code.Further information will be released in due course once the security of theartefacts has been assured.
is the author of ‘In the Name of the Gods’, the highlyacclaimed academic thesis on the resonance and acoustical origins of religion. David is primarily an Egyptologist, specializing in Egypt-Palestinian links that have inevitably drawn him into the field of Biblicalstudies. He has lectured at universities all over the world and written manypapers on ancient history and linguistics.