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Re: orion AMS dating
Dear Dick Ferman, My point is simply that a midpoint of the date ranges
cannot serve simultaneously as a terminus date for all the manuscripts.
I don't wish to pursue a long exchange on AMS dating, because what I
know about this I merely read in Radiocarbon and 'Atiqot and elsewhere,
which I recommend to you. But, so as not to ignore your post addressed
to me (on this subject addressing the list generally might be more
appropriate), I'll respond: 1) no; and I don't know; 2) yes; 3)opinions
vary; 4) opinions vary; and 5) it could be so; I would not be
surprised; but it may not be safe to presume this, except maybe in
those cases the bedouin mentioned.
On Sat, 26 Jul 1997 09:44:05 -0700 (PDT) Richard Ferman
> Excuse this interruption but I honestly have several questions which
> I have wondered about for a long time, (almost 40 years), so here they are:
> 1). Have all of the Scrolls been carbon dated? If not, when?
> 2). Until all have been carbon dated, can we speculate anything?
> 3). There were multiple caves. Will we have to make a statement
> regarding each cave? or will one blanket statement suffice?
> (Could one cave have belonged to the Essenes, one to the Zealots
> one to the Onias followers and one to "others" etc).
> 4). Why were some caves, apparently, with shelves and others a mess?
> 5). Can we presume the local tribes used the scrolls for firewood,
> or otherwise destroyed other scrolls over the centuries, as is
> mentioned in regards to the Nag Hammadi texts?
> I hope I have not belabored the point. So many questions. So much to
> read and so few answers for my questions.
> Thank you for your patience.
> Dick Ferman