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The unreliability of carbon 14 date testing is a great concern to honest archaeologists.
They get particularly concerned when C14 testing shows obviously inaccurate results and they are left in uncertainty about the reliability of the dates that they have previously never questioned.
Question: How much does modern-day burning at archaeological sites from campfires, cookouts, candle-burning, etc...affect the results of Carbon dating?
Is it easily distinguishable from the prehistoric material? If #2 is a Yes, how deep can radiation pass through ground?
These atoms rapidly decay into radiocarbon-dioxide and along with ordinary CO2 are absorbed by living plants.
Many theories about societies and their cultures have been based solely on C14 dating results.
The radiocarbon method measures the rate of decay in the C14 of organic matter therefore estimating how long ago death occurred.
Archaeologists can use this method to date bone, teeth, plants, seeds, burned food remains, coprolites, wood, and any artefact that contains organic materials such as an iron axe head (iron cannot be tested using C14) with a wooden handle or a bronze spear with a wooden shaft.
A petrified miner’s hat and wooden fence posts were unearthed from an abandoned 19th century gold hunter’s town in Australia’s outback.
Results from radiocarbon dating said that they were 6000 years old.