To get the best possible experience using our website, we recommend that you upgrade to latest version of this browser or install another web browser. As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 79, lessons in math, English, science, history, and more. Seventy years ago, American chemist Willard Libby devised an ingenious method for dating organic materials. The carbon clock is getting reset. Despite the name, it does not give an absolute date of organic material - but an approximate age, usually within a range of a few years either way.
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Rachel Wood does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. When news is announced on the discovery of an archaeological find, we often hear about how the age of the sample was determined using radiocarbon dating, otherwise simply known as carbon dating. Radioactive material gets a bad rap, what with radiation and fallout and nuclear waste and all. Radiocarbon dating also referred to as carbon dating or carbon dating is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbona radioactive isotope of carbon. British Broadcasting Corporation Home.
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