When the first cave was entered, the boys discovered several jars (most of which where broken) with scrolls of leather wrapped in linen cloth.
The scrolls were extremely brittle and decomposed, but had writing that the boys did not recognize.
Adh-Dhib and his friends took the scrolls to a Muslim sheik in the Bethlehem market area.
Seeing they were not in Arabic, he passed them over to another merchant.
Somewhere along the line, the largest and oldest of the scrolls from the writings of the prophet Isaiah, was offered for £20 in Bethlehem, which was rejected because it was not believed to be very old.
Ultimately, through a chain of events, many of the scrolls ended up in the hands of the Archbishop Athanasius Yeshue-Samuel (Syrian).
Professor Sukenik of the Hebrew University at Jerusalem acquired others from the Muslim sheik at Bethlehem. More scrolls were purchased from the Bedouins.
Finally, George Isaiah (a merchant in Jerusalem) convinced one of the Bedouins to take him to the cave were the scrolls were found.
Among other artifacts, one large jar remained that had been considered too large for removal.