Chapter 12: The Museum is on the Brink

In: The Dead Sea Scrolls, A Full History

Abstract

The Jordan government can always threaten to nationalise the Museum unless they can ensure that all is above board regarding the scrolls. John Allegro planted the seeds for the &t;nationalization&t; of the scrolls in the Palestine Archaeological Museum, an action that was to take place little more than two years later, and was an unmitigated disaster from many perspectives. The Palestine Archaeological Museum, which has the richest and the most complete collection of antiquities from Palestine, very naturally became involved from the very beginning in the recovery and preservation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which created such a sensation all over the world. The museum depleted its financial reserve by purchasing the manuscripts or fragments of manuscripts, which were found by the Bedouin.