The findings of false fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been all over the media recently: collectors have purchased modern forgeries from dubious sellers, at astronomical prices.

New methods for dating Dead Sea Scroll fragments

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To assure the authenticity of ‘new’ fragments on the market, Dead Sea Scroll researchers suggest alternative methods for the screening of papyrus fragments. The article ‘Nine Dubious “Dead Sea Scrolls” Fragments from the Twenty-First Century’ by Kipp Davis, Ira Rabin, Ines Feldman, Myriam Krutzsch, Hasia Rimon, Årstein Justnes, Torleif Elgvin and Michael Langlois in Brill’s Dead Sea Discoveries is explained in this video:

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