Radiocarbon dating is a key tool archaeologists use to determine the age of plants and objects made with organic material. But new research shows that commonly accepted radiocarbon dating standards can miss the mark -- calling into question historical timelines. Archaeologist Sturt Manning and colleagues have revealed variations in the radiocarbon cycle at certain periods of time, affecting frequently cited standards used in archaeological and historical research relevant to the southern Levant region, which includes Israel, southern Jordan and Egypt. These variations, or offsets, of up to 20 years in the calibration of precise radiocarbon dating could be related to climatic conditions.
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A few fragmentary bones thought to be the remains of Neanderthals actually belonged to medieval Italians, new research finds. The study is a reanalysis of a tooth, which was found in in a cave in northeastern Italy along with a finger bone and another tooth. Originally, researchers identified these scraps as belonging to Neanderthals , the early cousins of humans who went extinct about 30, years ago. Instead, the new study reveals the bones to belong to modern Homo sapiens. There's no telling whom the original owner of the teeth and finger was, but the cave where they were discovered was both a hermitage, or dwelling place, and the site of a grisly medieval massacre. The teeth and the bone were found in the San Bernardino Cave in the s in a rock layer dating back to Neanderthal times, approximately 28, to 59, years ago. But location alone is not enough for a firm identification, said study researcher Stefano Benazzi, a physical anthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany.
Radiocarbon dating is a method that provides objective age estimates for carbon-based materials that originated from living organisms. The impact of the radiocarbon dating technique on modern man has made it one of the most significant discoveries of the 20th century. Archaeology and other human sciences use radiocarbon dating to prove or disprove theories.
Can someone give me a website they know of that trashes radio carbon dating and it's accuracy? I would like to know why people think radiocarbon dating is inaccurate and specific websites that back up their theory. Just Google it - you'll find tons of trash written by people who don't understand how radiometric dating works. Common mistakes - not understanding the statistical nature of it, applying it incorrectly for example, carbon dating can't date things millions of years old with much accuracy - we have other radioactive isotopes that can however - or applying it to things that are still alive, or things that just died instead of at least a few hundred years ago, or things that were never alive , or simply denying basic physics.