Carbon dating for dummies

This method requires less than 1g of bone, but few countries can afford more than one or two AMSs, which cost more than A0,000.

Now the curve extends (tentatively) to 50,000 years.

Moving away from techniques, the most exciting thing about radiocarbon is what it reveals about our past and the world we live in.

Radiocarbon dating was the first method that allowed archaeologists to place what they found in chronological order without the need for written records or coins.

In this way large domed tombs (known as tholos or beehive tombs) in Greece were thought to predate similar structures in the Scottish Island of Maeshowe.

This supported the idea that the classical worlds of Greece and Rome were at the centre of all innovations.

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