Rethinking Carbon Dating…

Carbon Dating – What Do The Experts Think? Robert Lee summed up the reasons behind the controversy over the Carbon dating method in his article “Radiocarbon, Ages in Error,” published in the Anthropological Journal of Canada: “The troubles of the radiocarbon dating method are undeniably deep and serious. Despite 35 years of technical refinement and better understanding, the underlying assumptions have been strongly challenged, and warnings are out that radiocarbon may soon find itself in a crisis situation. Continuing use of the method depends on a ‘fix-it-as-we-go’ approach, allowing for contamination here, fractionation here, and calibration whenever possible. It should be no surprise, then, that fully half of the dates are rejected. The wonder is, surely, that the remaining half come to be accepted. …No matter how ‘useful’ it is, though, the radiocarbon method is still not capable of yielding accurate and reliable results. There are gross discrepancies, the chronology is uneven and relative, and the accepted dates are actually selected dates” (Robert E. Lee, “Radiocarbon, Ages in Error,” Anthropological Journal of Canada, Vol. 19, No.3, 1981, pp. 9, 29). – See more at: http://www.allaboutarchaeology.org/carbon-dating-2.htm#sthash.089qtrEO.dpuf

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