Dating news

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.

Quelccaya Ice Core

Excitement about the release of an 1800 year old ice core from the Peruvian Andes, which will be used to compare with other ice cores around the world. Lonnie Thompson, who notorious for not sharing his data, which has caused some to view his work with suspicion, and Ohio State University, are involved - see

Fishy C14 data

A post at ... describes how fish can cause problems with C14 dating methodology, even in pottery where fish have been cooked - and presumably in the bones of humans that ate a lot of fish. The discovery of the anomaly came from Denmark and attempts to date material from the Ertobolle culture people, who had a marine based diet. As a result of the Danish research we have what is known as the reservoir effect.

Number Four

Biblical Numbers have exercised the minds of numerous scholars over the years but we are little wiser after all that ink has been spent. The number 4 and its multiples, such as 40 and 400, play an important role in Biblical chronology - but what does 4 imply?

Pollen in sediments matches low growth tree ring data

There aren't a lot of posts under 'Dating' here but for a change we have one - go to ... ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in sediments from the Nile delta have revealed a series of past super-droughts - accompanied by evidence of landscape fire. In dry periods the wetland zones is more prone to fire so this does not imply fire from an exotic source such as the sky. What they found was that during periods of lower wetland pollen the amount of charcoal increased.