Radiocarbon dating the dead sea scrolls
However, the quantity of Carbon-14 was nearly doubled in the ’50s and ’60s because of the atomic bomb testings in those decades.
The answer to the problem of fluctuating amounts of this important isotope is calibration.
Radiocarbon dating uses the naturally occurring isotope Carbon-14 to approximate the age of organic materials. Often, archaeologists use graves and plant remains to date sites.
Unfortunately, the amount of Carbon-14 in the atmosphere has not been steady throughout history.
In fact, it has fluctuated a great deal over the years.
Also, archaeologists cannot use their hands to touch the samples or smoke near them.
They risk seriously altering the result of the test.
If you would like to set up information regarding a project in which radiocarbon dating illuminated or solved a problem or in which C14 played a central role, please contact [email protected] The Origins of Angkor Archaeological Project From the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the Fine Arts Department of Thailand, the project is concerned with investigating archaeology of pre-formative Angkorean society of South East Asia.