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Re: Ink and paper analysis?

John Bush wrote:
> At 12:04 PM 3/22/01 -0500, Jim Reeds wrote:
> >    Dating of parchment,
> >for instance,  cannot be reliably done by C-14 analysis, someone
> >told us early on.
> Yes, I recall reading this in disbelief on someone's VMS page. Has anyone 
> followed up on this with an expert, or is it just someone's opinion?

Not quite. If the VMs is from 1600-1950, then C-14 dating is difficult due
to the radiocarbon production plateau during that era. If it's from earlier
in that millineum, then C-14 dating is possible for the vellum. 

This, of course, does not prove when the VMs was written on the vellum.


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