70 books, 2,000 years old, found in Jordan

70 books, 2,000 years old, found in Jordan London: A total of 70 books, made of lead and dating back to over 2,000 years, have been found in a cave in Jordan.

These could be some of the ¬earliest Christian scriptures, and a major discovery in Christian history, experts said.

"We are looking at a very important and significant discovery, maybe the most important discovery in the history of archaeology," Ziad al-Saad, of Jor¬dan's Department of Antiquities, was quoted as saying by a leading daily.

David Elkington, head of a British team trying to get the books into a museum in ¬Jordan, said: "It's a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church."