Estate of John Allegro

A Dead Sea Scrolls trinity. Père Roland de Vaux (left), J. T. Milik (center) and G. Lankester Harding examine a juglet from Qumran, the Dead Sea Scroll settlement. Harding headed the Jordanian Department of Antiquities and had put de Vaux in charge of the scrolls editing team and of the excavations at Qumran. On his deathbed Harding revealed to Strugnell that in the late 1960s he had been taken to Aleppo, in north Syria, and had been shown three Dead Sea Scrolls that have still not surfaced. Their current whereabouts remain a mystery.