Dating of parchment

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If it is, in fact, a forgery, then the forger was surely one of the most skillful criminals ever to pursue that line of work.

Housed in Yale Universitys Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the map shows Europe (including Scandinavia), Northern Africa, Asia and the Far East, all of which were known by 15th-century travelers.

The great Dutch philologist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam had established a text from a handful of manuscripts dating from the later Middle Ages.

The range of 14C age determination spans from 19th century up to ~60, 000 years in the past.It indicates the date when the parchment was made, but not the date when the VM was written.I have written two previous articles on statistics and the interpretation of results obtained from AMS measurements of C BP years to AD years using the tree ring curve.Particular care has to be taken for sample collection and/or storage as well as during sample pretreatment and chemical preparation.The accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) measurement technique enables analysis of very small amount of samples, e.g.

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