Taylor, R. Department of Anthropology, Radiocarbon Laboratory, University of California, Riverside, California.
- Basis of the Method
- Measurement of Radiocarbon
- Gas counters
- Liquid scintillation systems
- Direct detection
- Accuracy of Radiocarbon Determinations
- Constancy in radiocarbon production rates
- Variability in radiocarbon distribution
- Variability in carbon isotope ratios
- Variability in amount of carbon
- Half-life of radiocarbon
- Statistical and contextual uncertainties
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
A method of obtaining age estimates on organic materials which has been used to date samples as old as 75,000 years. The method was developed immediately following World War II by Willard F. Libby and coworkers, and has provided age determinations in archeology, geology, geophysics, and other branches of science.
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