Carbon dating or radiocarbon
This resource is designed to provide online information concerning the radiocarbon dating method.
Inscriptions, distinctive markings, and historical documents can all offer clues to an artifact's age.
Due to counting and measurement errors for the blanks and samples, statistical errors are higher for very old samples.
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» NOSAMS General Statement of C from contamination introduced during chemical preparation, collection or handling.
Organic materials, which require the most processing, are limited to younger ages by their corresponding process blank.