Carbon dating of palm-leaf MSS?

Tue Apr 7 09:52:47 UTC 2009

Carbon-14 dating of some Sanskrit palm-leaf manuscripts from Central  
Asia (Kushana and Gupta period) were done by the Ethnological Museum,  
Best wishes,
Eli Franco

Zitat von Dominik Wujastyk <ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK>:

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> Dominik Wujastyk
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> On Fri, 3 Apr 2009, RG wrote:
>> Dear Dr Wujastyk:
>> I got your address through a friend of mine in London.
>> I was a Senior Res Associate at the Enrico Fermi Inst of the Univ of Chicago
>> many years ago.
>> I have a palm leaf manuscript, 868 pages, with grantha script describing
>> Valmiki's Ramayan. I got this from an antique shop in Cochin five years ago.
>> Because grantha was used in South India to transmit Sanskrit language, I
>> decided to date this using carbon-14 method using accelerator mass
>> spectrometry. I just got the preliminary age few days ago, about 350 years
>> old from today.
>> I searched the google to find other carbon 14 dates on the use of grantha
>> script. I did not get any useful information. Since I am new to this field,
>> I am looking for help in locating journals which publish C-14 dates on
>> Indian palm leaf manuscripts.  What kind of range do we have on these
>> dates?I would deeply appreciate if you can help me on this.
>> Thank you.
>> Sincerely,
>> R.Ganapathy
>> Bethlehem, PA, USA

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