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The radiocarbon method measures the rate of decay in the C14 of organic matter therefore estimating how long ago death occurred.
Archaeologists can use this method to date bone, teeth, plants, seeds, burned food remains, coprolites, wood, and any artefact that contains organic materials such as an iron axe head (iron cannot be tested using C14) with a wooden handle or a bronze spear with a wooden shaft.
However its application has caused extreme confusion and misunderstanding of the archaeological record.
Knowing the limitations of this dating method can help avoid colossal archaeological misinterpretations that would otherwise distort history.
The industrial revolution has belched hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon gases into the atmosphere increasing the C12 ratio and atomic weapons testing have increased neutron levels.
Thirdly, the environment in which the artefact lies heavily impacts on the rate of decay.
Radiocarbon or C14 dating employs complex systems of measuring the unstable isotopes in once living matter.
There are three forms of carbon that naturally occur forming the building blocks of all plant and animal life.
A freshly killed seal at Mc Murdo Sound, Antarctica, yielded a death age of 1300 years ago.
For radiocarbon dating to be reliable scientists need to make a number of vital assumptions.
Firstly, Dr Libby assumed that C14 decays at a constant rate.
A petrified miner’s hat and wooden fence posts were unearthed from an abandoned 19th century gold hunter’s town in Australia’s outback.
Results from radiocarbon dating said that they were 6000 years old.