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.
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.
In fact, it has fluctuated a great deal over the years.
This variation is caused by both natural processes and human activity.
However, the quantity of Carbon-14 was nearly doubled in the ’50s and ’60s because of the atomic bomb testings in those decades.
They risk seriously altering the result of the test.