Carbon dating on man made objects
There are also cases when the association between the sample and the deposit is not apparent or easily understood.
Other potential contaminants include paper, cardboard, cotton wool, string and cigarette ash.3.
It must be stressed that archaeologists need to interact with radiocarbon laboratories first before excavation due to several factors.1.
Sample type, size and packing Laboratories have limitations in terms of the samples they can process for radiocarbon dating. Laboratories must also be consulted as to the required amount of sample that they ideally like to process as well as their preference with certain samples for carbon dating.
Over the years, archaeology has uncovered information about past cultures that would have been left unknown had it not been with the help of such technologies as radiocarbon dating, dendrochronology, archaeomagnetic dating, fluoride dating, luminescence dating, and obsidian hydration analysis, among others.
Radiocarbon dating has been around for more than 50 years and has revolutionized archaeology.