© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156851709X395722 Dead Sea Discoveries 16 (2009) 97–106 www.brill.nl/dsd On the Origin of the Ink of the Th anksgiving Scroll (1QHodayot a ) Ira Rabin, 1 Oliver Hahn, 1 Timo Wolﬀ , 1,2 Admir Masic, 3 Gisela Weinberg 4 1 Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, 12200 Berlin, Germany 2 Technical University of Berlin, 10623 Berlin, Germany 3 Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, 14424 Potsdam, Germany 4 Fritz-Haber-Institut of the MPG, 14195 Berlin, Germany Abstract In this study we demonstrate the possibility to identify the production area of the scrolls, coupling non-destructive quantitative analysis of trace elements to spectro- scopic investigation of the inks. Th is approach, that allowed us to determine the Dead Sea area as origin of 1QHodayot a , is of general validity. Keywords 1QHodayot a ; archaeometry; material research; carbon ink Principle Our approach is based on the determination of the ratio of the elements chlorine and bromine in parchment and inks, which ratio serves as a ﬁ n- gerprint of the water used in the production process. Water bromine content is usually small as compared to chlorine, with typical Cl/Br ratio of 300 for
Dead Sea Discoveries – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: CARBON INK; ARCHAEOMETRY; 1QHODAYOTA; MATERIAL RESEARCH
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