Latest Issue. The carbon clock is getting reset. 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. Carbon dating is the standard method used by scientists to determine the age of certain fossilized remains. It is an essential technology that is heavily involved in archaeology and should be explored in greater depth.
Radiocarbon dating can easily establish that humans have been on the earth for over twenty thousand years, at least twice as long as creationists are willing to allow.
Sturt Manning coring a centuries old juniper tree near Petra in southern Jordan. All rights reserved. Radiocarbon dating of soils has always been a tricky problem. Seventy years ago, American chemist Willard Libby devised an ingenious method for dating organic materials. Radiocarbon dating is a key tool archaeologists use to determine the age of plants and objects made with organic material.
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