carbon dating myth - C14 dating

Throughout the life of an animal or plant, the amount of C14 is perfectly balanced with that of its surroundings. The C14 in a dead organism slowly decays at a known rate: its "half life".

The half-life of an isotope like C14 is the time it takes for half of it to decay away: in C14, every 5,730 years, half of it is gone.

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So they tested some of the ring sequences by C14 to put the sequences in the 'right' order.

Once they did that they developed the overall sequence.

Example: wood found in a grave of known age by historically reliable documents is the standard for that time for the C14 content.

This standard content of C14 can then be used for wood not associated with a historically documented date.

If you have any more questions about it don't hesitate to write.

(2.) I just listened to a series of lectures on archaeology put out by John Hopkins Univ.

(They conveniently forget to mention that the tree ring chronology was arranged by C14 dating.

The scientists who were trying to build the chronology found the tree rings so ambiguous that they could not decide which rings matched which (using the bristlecone pine).

If something carbon dates at 7,000 years we believe 5,000 is probably closer to reality (just before the flood).

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