The pace of scrolls acquisition continued to accelerate. Cave 4 fragments were still in the hands of the Bedouin and Kando. No one really knew how many. Reconstruction of the thousands of fragments into documents had hardly begun. Excavations continued at Qumran. The first personal contribution toward the purchase of scrolls was still to be finalized only the first steps had been taken toward gathering a team together and the Copper Scroll was not yet opened. During the first months of 1953 none of the Cave 4 Team members apart from Milik had arrived in Jerusalem, nor had most of them even yet been appointed.