• An Assessment of the Radiocarbon Dating of the Dead Sea Scrolls

      Rodley, G. A. (Department of Geosciences, The University of Arizona, 1993-01-01)
      I suggest, on the basis of a statistical analysis, that recently determined 14Conventional radiocarbon ages" of Dead Sea Scroll documents are offset systematically by about +40 yr, leading to a similar overestimate of the ages of these documents. Much closer agreement with paleographic and specific dates is obtained when a correction of this magnitude is made to the 14Conventional 14C" values. This indicates that 14C dates may convey more precise information about the ages of these documents than initially recognized.