Carbon dating cost

Archaeologists can use this method to date bone, teeth, plants, seeds, burned food remains, coprolites, wood, and any artefact that contains organic materials such as an iron axe head (iron cannot be tested using C14) with a wooden handle or a bronze spear with a wooden shaft.

These atoms rapidly decay into radiocarbon-dioxide and along with ordinary CO2 are absorbed by living plants.

They get particularly concerned when C14 testing shows obviously inaccurate results and they are left in uncertainty about the reliability of the dates that they have previously never questioned.

Some examples of abnormal C14 results include testing of recently harvested, live mollusc shells from the Hawaiian coast that showed that they had died 2000 years ago and snail shells just killed in Nevada, USA, dated in at 27,000 years old.

Our usual turnaround time is from 3 to 8 weeks (excluding any major accelerator maintenance).

The most important archaeological dating method is radiocarbon dating.

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