There’s an interesting story over at Heavenly Ascents about a few ancient lead plates with Hebraic writings discovered in Jordan. They may be authentic, though further tests are needed. They may date to the first century A.D. [Sorry, but these may be fraudulent. See Update 2 below.]
The PaleoJudaica blog offers a copy of a press release about the cache of metal plates from Jordan. Any of you have updated information to share?
For some reason, part of me is always excited to learn about ancient writings on metal plates that have been preserved over the centuries. Guess I’m just into metal.
Update 1, April 3, 2011: More interesting coverage on the topic emphasizes that some of the 70 tiny books are sealed with lead wire. See the article, “Could this be the biggest find since the Dead Sea Scrolls? Seventy metal books found in cave in Jordan could change our view of Biblical history” at MailOnline. Check out the photos (two reduced samples are below). I look forward to further information–and hope these are actually authentic, unlike the Padilla Plates or the Michigan plates of slate that garnered interest for a while.
Update 2, April 3, 2011: These may be fraudulent. Daniell McClellan raises a serious issue linking them to another recent fraud. Thanks to OpenMinded for giving me this lead on the bogus lead.
Update 3, April 7, 2011: Also see an excellent discussion at An LDS Guide to Mesoamerica. Kudos to Daniel Johnson.