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Zahi Hawass and C14 dating methodology

11 July 2010

See www.almasryalyaum.com/en/print/54897 … Zahi Hawass, commenting on the new Bayesian C14 dates as reported on In the News June 18th (as published in Science). He says carbon 14 has a margin of error of 100 years. In order to date Egyptian dynasties we need specific dates, C14 should not be used to make changes to the chronology of ancient Egypt, not even as a helpful addition. We can use geoarchaeology, DNA, laser scanning – but carbon dating is unclear. In archaeology, he adds, we consider carbon dating imaginary.

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