Bryant G. Wood, “To Dip or Sprinkle? The Qumran Cisterns in Perspective,” BASOR 256 (1984), pp. 45–60. Crown and Cansdale assert that the construction of the water system “could [not] have been undertaken with the meager material resources and civil engineering capabilities of the Essenes” (p. 33). But how do these authors know what resources and capabilities the Essenes had? A group that pooled all its resources could well have had considerable capital to wield.