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The second test (#21) yielded a result (50 BCE-130 CE) that was deemed more satisfactory.
1959) and Willis, Tauber, and Munnich (1960), and subsequently has ... None of the 800 Qumran manuscripts bears the date of its copying, and only two have an internal terminus a quo (Milik 1959).
The direct radiocarbon dating of Late Pleistocene humans from Eurasia is an important task. In the decades following the initial discovery of the scrolls, however, a number of scholars began to challenge the paleographic datings, a debate that continues up to the present (Eisenman 1983).
1200 manuscripts found to date in this region (Broshi 1990). and Elmore, D., eds., Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry.
This calibrated range of dates is represented in the last column, given with a 2-sigma error rating, which means at 95% confidence.
The name Dead Sea Scrolls refers to some 1200 manuscripts found in caves in the hills on the western shore of the Dead Sea during the last 45 years.Libby had first started using the dating method in 1946 and the early testing required relatively large samples, so testing on scrolls themselves only became feasible when methods used in the dating process were improved upon. Davies made a request to date a number of scrolls, which led to a series of tests carried out in Zurich on samples from fourteen scrolls.Among these were samples from other sites around the Dead Sea, which contained date indications within the text to supply a control for the carbon dating results.The results from the latter two were almost identical, which is a good indicator of the basic accuracy of this dating method.1QS (#15), tested at Zurich, and 4QSam When 4Q258 (#24) was tested at Tucson its result was so anomalous (129-255 or 303-318 CE) that the laboratory was asked to retest another sample from the same document.