The bible and radiocarbon dating archaeology
These various chronologies and their inherent inconsistencies, known as ‘relative dates,’ are a constant series of hurdles in the quest of historians and archaeologists to record mankind’s existence on earth.
However, in the 1940s, the organization of time was transformed by the revelation of radiometric dating and the subsequent creation of a scientific chronology of humankind, known as ‘absolute dating’.
The historians of one hundred years ago could only dream of such a wonderful, albeit frightening atomic clock ticking away, helping to mark the passing of the years and the ages of man.
No scientific technique is perfect, despite sometimes obsequious media coverage of their capabilities.
Old school radiocarbon dates used to be collected using Geiger counters to establish the amount of radiation they were emitting.
But nowadays, once a sample is successfully collected there are several forms of mass spectrometers and other equipment which can more accurately measure the carbon fourteen level of a sample.
But other timekeeping methods exist and are still used in the modern world, circumventing the easy processing of dates and history between cultures.
When that organism dies, the carbon fourteen decays at a known exponential rate: making it possible to calculate the approximate time when the organism died based on how much carbon fourteen remains in a sample of the dead material.For periods without a historic record, attempts have been made to categorize tool kits, pottery styles, and architectural forms into regional timelines.Some ill-fated attempts to define time even attempted to count backwards through the genealogies of the Bible, establishing a series of dates which remain a cause of confusion.But radiocarbon dating tries its best; and can often serve as a base for additional scientific techniques which can clarify results further. It is a vital part in the investigation and preservation of our past and a lovely bit of analysis to compliment digital records of monuments.