Question: How does radiocarbon dating work and why is it important?

Radiocarbon dating is a method that provides objective age estimates for carbon-based materials that originated from living organisms. An age could be estimated by measuring the amount of carbon-14 present in the sample and comparing this against an internationally used reference standard.

What is carbon dating and its importance?

Carbon dating is a technique used to determine the approximate age of once-living materials. It is based on the decay rate of the radioactive carbon isotope 14C, a form of carbon taken in by all living organisms while they are alive.

How does radiocarbon dating help us today?

And with the help of radiocarbon dating, researchers can use that decay as a kind of clock that allows them to peer into the past and determine absolute dates for everything from wood to food, pollen, poop, and even dead animals and humans.

Reach out

Find us at the office

Ruebusch- Nedd street no. 4, 92509 George Town, Cayman Islands

Give us a ring

Fortino Moredock
+85 633 466 265
Mon - Fri, 10:00-22:00

Write us