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Re: Dating the deposition of the scrolls.
Someone mentioned that there was evidence that the DSS were placed in
the caves no later than 68 CE. I was wondering what that evidence was. Were
there buried coins found in the caves? <
-David Jay Kaufman<
Now, David, how would that help to establish a terminus ante quem? Pre-
68 coins would never prove that the stuff was placed there pre-68!
On the other hand, if coins minted AFTER 68 were found there inextricably
intertwined with scrolls, that might suggest a terminus a quo, i.e. that
they were placed there later. But even then one would have to rule out
the possibility that the scrolls were deposited before 68 while the coins
were dropped there at a later time.