radiocarbon dating


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Recent Examples on the Web Based on radiocarbon dating of similar, previous discoveries nearby, the pieces were estimated to be between 35,000 and 40,000 years old. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 The various collected samples were then subjected to radiocarbon dating, Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy, among other techniques, for analysis. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 May 2023 Interestingly, the radiocarbon dating yielded a very early date for the wood of one of the four tablets: about A.D. 1450, which in fact precedes the arrival of the Europeans by over 200 years. Margherita Bassi, Discover Magazine, 8 Mar. 2024 But radiocarbon dating suggested that the layer was only 2,900 years old. Zach St. George, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024 To evaluate these hypotheses, researchers scanned the structure, inspected it on scuba dives and collected nearby sediment for radiocarbon dating, according to a study published Feb. 12 in the journal PNAS. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 13 Feb. 2024 The bone shards from four separate layers were subjected to radiocarbon dating — the oldest of which dated back over 5,300 years. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 Bureau of Land Management Stone tools unearthed from a rock shelter in Southern Oregon were last used more than 18,000 years ago, radiocarbon dating suggests. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 10 July 2023 The team used a new method for characterizing metal, combined with radiocarbon dating, to determine the age and possible provenance of those samples. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Jan. 2024

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of radiocarbon dating was in 1950

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