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Are the 14C Dates of the Dead Sea Scrolls Affected by Castor Oil Contamination?

  • Israel Carmi (a1)

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The paper “The effects of possible contamination on the radiocarbon dates of the Dead Sea Scrolls I: castor oil” by Rasmussen et al. (2001) is discussed. Detailed analysis of the extant dates of the Dead Sea Scrolls suggests that the pretreatment of the samples was adequate. Errors and omissions in the paper are discussed and the implications of the experiment of Rasmussen et al. (2001) are questioned.

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Bonani, G, Ivy, S, Wölfli, W, Broshi, M, Carmi, I, Strugnell, J 1992. Radiocarbon dating of fourteen Dead Sea Scrolls. Radiocarbon 34(3):843–49.
Carmi, I. 2000. Radiocarbon dating of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In: Schiftman, LH, Tov, E and VanderKam, JC, editors. The Dead Sea Scrolls. Israel Exploration Society and Israel Museum: p 881–8.
Jull, AJT, Donahue, DJ, Broshi, M and Tov, E 1995. Radiocarbon dating of scrolls and linen fragments from the Judean desert. Radiocarbon 37(1):11–9.
Rassmussen, KL, van der Plicht, J, Cryer, HC, Doudna, G, Cross, FM and Strugnell, J. 2001. The effects of possible contamination on the radiocarbon dating of the Dead Sea Scrolls 1: castor oil. Radiocarbon 43(1):127–32.

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