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I have just finished a telephone conversation with one of the people
entrusted with the publication of the ostraca.

I have asked (and agreement was given) for a report to post on the
Orion Net as soon as there are readings which are certain. I am
quite sure (though I did not ask) that the dating will be done on
paleographic grounds.

With all due respects, I have never heard of C14 dating of Ostraka.
You need enough organic material (in this case only the ink) and I
doubt whether anyone will burn the ink of the ostraka to get dates.
Please, (a) be patient; (b) be moderate.

On C14 datings of the Scrolls there was a new series of datings
done not too long ago and the results were published. Prof. Emanuel
Tov was involved. I shall cc this letter to him, and perhaps he
will post the relevant newsreleases and references to articles.

I can summarize those results by saying that, grosso modo, the
C14 bore out the dates reached on basis of paleographic typology.

Michael Stone
Orion Center for the Study of the DSS