Lidar Sapir-Hen, at Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures.
"By analyzing archaeological evidence from the copper production sites of the Aravah Valley, we were able to estimate the date of this event in terms of decades rather than centuries."As the archeologists began excavating camel bones in what is now modern day Israel, they realized that they were "almost exclusively [finding bones] in archaeological layers dating from the last third of the 10th century BC or later," centuries after the life of Abraham and decades after the reigns of Saul, David and Solomon.
It appears that the researchers approached the matter with considerable professionalism, including taking great pains to eliminate contamination with modern carbon as a source of the C signal in the bones.
The lead presenter was Dr Thomas Seiler, a German physicist whose Ph D is from the Technical University of Munich.
Any scientist with an open mind would tell you that if these assumptions were shifted towards a Biblical view, the carbon dating process would still work, though at a much shorter time scale.
It is not a matter of whether the science itself is faulty.
Carbon-14 has a half-life of about 5730 years, and therefore it is used to date biological samples up to about 60,000 years in the past.
Beyond that timespan, the amount of the original C formed by irradiation of nitrogen by neutrons from the spontaneous fission of uranium, present in trace quantities almost everywhere.
According to a university statement, "In addition to challenging the Bible's historicity, this anachronism is direct proof that the text was compiled well after the events it describes."The Old Testament contains myriad mentions of camels as domesticated beasts, starting in Genesis' accounts of Abraham, Jacob and Joseph, which have traditionally been placed between 20 B. Scholars who assume that Moses authored the first five books of the Bible have claimed that the book was written 14 B. However, Tel Aviv University archeologists now claim that radiocarbon dating taken from camel bones suggests that humans did not began using the animals as pack animals until at least the 800's B. Erez Ben-Yosef said in a statement, who performed the research project with his colleague Dr.
as had been originally suggested."The introduction of the camel to our region was a very important economic and social development," Dr.