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Are the (super 14) C dates of the Dead Sea Scrolls affected by castor oil contamination?

Israel Carmi


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.


Dead Sea Scrolls;artifacts;Israel;accuracy;Middle East;archaeology;isotope ratios;Holocene;upper Holocene;organic compounds;sample preparation;Asia;Cenozoic;Quaternary;C 14;carbon;dates;isotopes;radioactive isotopes;C 13 C 12;stable isotopes;absolute age

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