The Exeter Book is one of the most important pieces of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) literature, containing a wide variety of works including riddles, elegies, a so-called bestiary, etc. Wikipedia says that:
the precise dates that it was written and compiled are unknown, although proposed dates range from 960 to 990.
The Exeter Cathedral website says it was written "in about 970"; the Encyclopedia Britannica says it was "Copied c. 975"; the British Library says it was "made in c. 960–80". The dating is more or less consistent, but I'm curious what evidence this is based on, and with what degree of certainty it can be set within a specific period of time.
What do we know exactly about the dating of the Exeter Book, and how (based on what evidence)?