Storage Conditions and Physical Treatments Relating to the Dating of the Dead Sea Scrolls
CitationCaldararo, N. (1995). Storage conditions and physical treatments relating to the dating of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Radiocarbon, 37(1), 21-32.
AbstractThe Dead Sea Scrolls have been analyzed by paleographic, non-destructive and destructive testing. The dates of their creation have been in dispute since their discovery. Research has established their authenticity, but a variety of conditions including the methods of skin preparation, variation in storage conditions and post-discovery restoration treatments could have introduced changes now affecting dating efforts. Comprehensive analyses were not possible until recently. Such analysis must be performed to establish a concrete framework for all the texts.