Dating news

Gaps in tree rings sequences

Tim Cullen appears to continue to be impressed by Gunnar Heinsohn's articles at (and another one has been posted over the last couple of days). Hence, in this look at the dendrochronology process he is looking for the possibility of an error in the region of 700 years of time being taken out of the first millennium AD. Therefore, he has an agenda. I'm not knocking it - just saying. What he has discovered is that there are two gaps in the sequences - one in the first millennium BC (at the point of the C14 curve) and the other in the first millennium AD.

carbon 14 methodology and its weaknesses

Over at ... Tim Cullen continues his quest to disect carbon 14 methodology - and where its weaknesses might lie. It has continued through a succession of posts and all are entertaining as well as informative. How on earth did this methodology usurp the older dating methods - and it can only be that they were even more unreliable. Cullen claims Willard Libby skewed the data and fudged the core analysis that two atoms of C14 are formed every second for each square centimetre of the surface of the Earth.

Radio Carbon Dating and Dendrochronology

Tim Cullen continues with part two of his critique of C14 dating - go to ... which is something of an eye opener in some respects and is mainly a history of the method and how it became embedded in the mainstream as a means of upholding consensus dates and the like.

Dating a cave system in the Yucatan

At ... this short piece discloses how a skeleton found in a cave, now 130 feet below sea level, was dated to the Late Pleistocene period. The sea level rise curve was used in order to get back to the desired period, a curve that is based on an assumption sea level rise was a constant process over many thousands of years (following the end of the Ice Age and the melting of a huge ice sheet).

C14 Dating

This post will take the form of at least two offerings - may be more (from the pen and insightful mind of Tim Cullen) over at ... and there are several pages listing the anomalies associated with C14 dating methodology - and that is starters. I will make no attempt to describe what he has to say, only that he is taking a pop at mainstream science (their beliefs as opposed to their science).

Calculating the Ice Ages and modelling Plate Tectonics

At ... for May 5th, we have a couple of stories of interest. If there was not Plate Tectonics, we are informed, life may not have evolved. Astronomers at the Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics say also that if the Earth was smaller and less massive there would have been no tectonics - or continental drift, or any of the nice bits of uniformitarian consensus earth science. No way to build mountains, for example - assumed to be as a result of Plate Tectonics.

Chauvet cave paintings

At ... another twist in the dating dispute over the paintings found in Chauvet cave in southern France. On one side the traditionalists, where it is supposed Palaeolithic art developed from crude to sophisticated, and it is possible to date the paintings simply by the style. They have had their nose out of joint recently as C14 dating has suggested the paintings may be somewhat older - a date of 40,000BC has even been suggested.

A carbon 14 dilemma

At ... Doug Keenan claims he has found a mathematical error in how C14 dating is calibrated. The gist of the error is a mathematical deviation - in the calibration technique (much as many people have expected).

Dendrochronology anomalies

Bob Porter reports on gaps in the Belfast Chronology in a recent article authored by Mike Baillie and D Brown, 'Confirming the existence of gaps and depletions in the Irish oak tree ring record' in Dendrochronologia 30 (2012) pages 85-91. The aim of the article was to show that over the last 20 to 30 years some these gaps have been bridged - but not entirely so. Some of the bridging is not perhaps as firm as they would have wished. Anomalies still exist. Trees, that should bridge them do not.

C14 dating updates and tree rings dating anomalies

At ... the Maya long count calendar has been linked directly into the European calendar by C14 dating methodology. The idea of this arose from the fact the Mayan calendar went out of use when Europeans arrived and brought their culture to a close. No comparisons could be drawn - and now, it is hoped, this has been rectified. The idea is to correlate the historical record of the Maya with the historical events recorded elsewhere, a thoroughly worthwhile endeavour.