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Radiocarbon Problem

9 September 2022

At https://phys.org/news/2022-09-radiocarbon-dating-solution.html … we are informed of a problem with the C14 dating methodology. It only works half the time. However, scrolling down we learn that only half of human remains can be dated reliably by C14 as in some skeletons there is not enough organic material remaining. The problem is therefore not with C14 methodology but with the human remains. Hence, we can assume from this that many remains are actually inaccurately dated, as they acknowledge, or not dated at all. Contamination of the remains is a headache as well. DNA is required. C14 methodology allows scientists to date organic material that is younger than 50,000 years ago. This is roughly back to the Laschamp geomagnetic event, which skewed atmospheric gases. The methodology is based on chemical reactions the body exchanges with the environment after death. Carbon is found in all living things. We absorb it when we eat our food and exhale it when we breathe. Carbon 14 is radioactive and decays over time. They also note that laboratory results can vary – by up to 1000 years. Mostly, it is a lot less than that. This dating variability has plagued dating results in Israel for a long time, as one faction, favouring down dating the Iron Age, uses one lab, and the diehard faction use another lab. This is of course the real problem with C14 methodology, rather than a problem with lack of organic material. If it did exist, or there was a way around it, they would still have to contend with laboratory differences.

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