Carbon 14 dating of the dead sea scrolls

The scrolls remained hidden for the next two thousand years.

In 1947, a Bedouin shepherd named Muhammad (Ahmed el-Dhib) was searching for his lost goat and came upon a small opening of a cave.

Levels of carbon-14 become difficult to measure and compare after about 50,000 years (between 8 and 9 half lives; where 1% of the original carbon-14 would remain undecayed).

The question should be whether or not carbon-14 can be used to date any artifacts at all? There are a few categories of artifacts that can be dated using carbon-14; however, they cannot be more 50,000 years old.

Most of the scrolls are written on parchment (specially prepared animal skins, thicker if inscribed on the outer, "hairy" side, thinner if inscribed on the inner side).

A smaller number are written on papyrus (a kind of paper made from the papyrus plant).

Worship at the sacred Jerusalem Temple had become corrupt, with seemingly little hope for reform.

A group of devoted Jews removed themselves from the mainstream and began a monastic life in the Judean desert.

The Dead Sea Scrolls refer to ancient Hebrew scrolls that were accidentally discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin boy in Israel's Judean Desert. E.) - a time of crucial developments in the crystallization of the monotheistic religions.

On display today in the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the scrolls have kindled popular enthusiasm as well as serious scholarly interest over the past half century as they reveal exciting history from the Second Temple period (520 B. The Judean Desert, a region reputedly barren, defied preconceptions and yielded an unprecedented treasure.

The young Ta'amireh shepherd was certainly unaware of destiny when his innocent search for a stray goat led to the fateful discovery of Hebrew scrolls in a long-untouched cave.

One discovery led to another, and eleven scroll-yielding caves and a habitation site eventually were uncovered.

This technique is not restricted to bones; it can also be used on cloth, wood and plant fibers.

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