Qumran Textiles in the Palestine Exploration Fund, London: Radiocarbon Dating Results

Joan E. Taylor, Kaare L. Rasmussen, Gregory Doudna, Johannes van der Plicht, Helge Egsgaard

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Abstract

Three pieces of fabric from Qumran’s Cave 1 have been stored in the Palestine Exploration Fund collection since the 1960s but have hitherto never been tested or re-examined. The fabric is made of linen, and was probably used for wrapping or packing scrolls, or sealing jars. New radiocarbon dating on one piece of fabric indicated a probability of 55% for it being made between 1 and 55 A.D., and a probability of 95.4% that it was made between 50 cal B.C.–80 cal A.D.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159 - 167
Number of pages9
JournalPalestine Exploration Quarterly
Volume137
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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