BAR 17:06, Nov/Dec 1991
Dead Sea Scrolls Update
Carbon-14 Tests Substantiate Scroll Dates
Carbon-14 (C-14) tests on samples of the Dead Sea Scrolls have substantially confirmed the previous date of the scrolls based on paleography (the shape of the letters), according to two recent reports.1
This general conclusion was announced in a press release some months ago, but when BAR asked Magen Broshi, curator of the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem for a copy of the lab report, he refused to release it, stating, Why should we give it to you when you taunt us? Professor Israel Carmi of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, promised to provide us with a copy, but later reported that he was instructed by his colleagues not to do so.