Radiocarbon dating cost


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In short, all parts of the carbon cycle were seen to be invaded by the isotope carbon-14.

Invasion is probably not the proper word for a component that Libby calculated should be present only to the extent of about one atom in a trillion stable carbon atoms.

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Radioactive carbon thus was visualized as gaining entrance wherever atmospheric carbon dioxide enters—into land plants by photosynthesis, into animals that feed on the plants, into marine and fresh waters as a dissolved component, and from there into aquatic plants and animals.With correction for radioactive decay during the intervening years, such old samples hopefully would show the same starting carbon-14 level as exists today. His conclusion was that over the past 5,000 years the carbon-14 level in living materials has remained constant within the 5 percent precision of measurement.A dating method was thus available, subject only to confirmation by actual application to specific chronologic problems.It is clear that carbon-14 dates lack the accuracy that traditional historians would like to have.

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There may come a time when all radiocarbon ages rest on firmer knowledge of the sample’s original carbon-14 level than is now available.

In the context of carbon-14 dating, this departure from the present-day level means that samples with a true age of 8,200 years would be dated by radiocarbon as 7,500 years old.