Cosmic rays and changes in Earth’s climate can cause irregularities in the amount of Carbon-14 in the atmosphere.
Humans began making an impact during the Industrial Revolution.
In fact, many important archaeological artifacts have been dated using this method including some of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shroud of Turin.
Though radiocarbon dating is startlingly accurate for the most part, it has a few sizable flaws.
Despite its overuse and misrepresentation in the media, it is nonetheless extremely valuable.
This process has seriously assisted archaeologists in their research, excavations, and scholarly studies.
Archaeologists have the most accurate readings they are likely to ever receive!As the lecture detailed, it is only accurate from about 62,000 years ago to 1,200 A. There is a sizable amount of time before and after that period that cannot be investigated using this method.Also, archaeologists cannot use their hands to touch the samples or smoke near them.They risk seriously altering the result of the test.The “Old Wood Problem” is the last flaw of radiocarbon dating that will be elaborated upon here.