Carbon dating pictures
In last Tuesday’s lecture, radiocarbon dating was covered briefly.It is an essential technology that is heavily involved in archaeology and should be explored in greater depth.
While an uncalibrated reading may be off by a factor of 10%-20%, calibration severely reduces that value.
Continue Reading Carbon dating works by comparing the amount of carbon-14 in a sample to the amount of carbon-12.
Because organisms stop taking in carbon-14 at death, the age of the material can be precisely determined by this ratio of carbon isotopes.
In fact, many important archaeological artifacts have been dated using this method including some of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shroud of Turin.
Though radiocarbon dating is startlingly accurate for the most part, it has a few sizable flaws.