Carbon dating of palm-leaf MSS?

Birgit Kellner birgit.kellner at UNIVIE.AC.AT
Tue Apr 7 10:03:39 UTC 2009

franco at RZ.UNI-LEIPZIG.DE schrieb:
> Carbon-14 dating of some Sanskrit palm-leaf manuscripts from Central 
> Asia (Kushana and Gupta period) were done by the Ethnological Museum, 
> Berlin.
> Best wishes,
> Eli Franco
There was also a discussion on carbon-dating manuscripts at a panel at 
the last conference of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 
in Atlanta (2008), occasioned by a presentation (I think) by Harry Falk 
- hopefully, the papers of this panel will be published.

Mark Allon apparently also has a lot of experience in this area (and is 
also subscribed to this list ...)

For a neophyte such as myself, it all sounded terribly complicated - 
even decoding the results (percentages of certainty spread across date 
ranges) seemed far from trivial.

All the best,

Birgit Kellner

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