Problems of radiocarbon dating

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Since trees can have a lifespan of hundreds of years, its date of death might not even be relatively close to the date the archaeologists are looking for.

Thorough research and cautiousness can eliminate accidental contamination and avoidable mistakes.

As the lecture detailed, it is only accurate from about 62,000 years ago to 1,200 A. There is a sizable amount of time before and after that period that cannot be investigated using this method.

Also, archaeologists cannot use their hands to touch the samples or smoke near them.

Since its conception by Willard Libby in 1949, it has been invaluable to the discipline.Standard calibration curves are now used for more accurate readings.These curves indicate the changes in Carbon-14 throughout the years and modifies the end result of the tests to reflect that.They risk seriously altering the result of the test.The “Old Wood Problem” is the last flaw of radiocarbon dating that will be elaborated upon here.

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