Carbon dating a scam
Among those raising awareness of the allegedly forged fragments is paleographer Dr.Kipp Davis, a research fellow at Trinity Western University and associate of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at TWU.There are people out there that think that all 13 of the fragments are fake.I’m not quite there, but I have colleagues who are fairly sure they are forgeries.” Far from ignoring the forgery assertions, the Museum of the Bible is sponsoring Davis’s research and that of other scholars.However, because it is suspected that many of these “new” fragments use ancient 2,000-year-old leather as their “slate,” old stand-by technology is insufficient. Ancient material can and almost certainly has been manipulated in modern times,” said Davis.With carbon dating off the table, international scholars are turning to new, noninvasive testing for proving — or disproving — the authenticity of the “dubious” fragments in private collections. The path from the greatest discovery of the 20th century to forgeries on the antiquities markets was direct.
Of the museum's 13 published scrolls, at least six are of dubious authenticity.“To all: ‘Careful, they are fakes, and they belong together!