They risk seriously altering the result of the test.
The answer to the problem of fluctuating amounts of this important isotope is calibration.
While an uncalibrated reading may be off by a factor of 10%-20%, calibration severely reduces that value.
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In last Tuesday’s lecture, radiocarbon dating was covered briefly.
It is an essential technology that is heavily involved in archaeology and should be explored in greater depth.
We thank you in advance for partnering with us in this small but significant way. All methods of radioactive dating rely on three assumptions that may not necessarily be true: It is assumed that the rate of decay has remained constant over time.
This assumption is backed by numerous scientific studies and is relatively sound.
As the lecture detailed, it is only accurate from about 62,000 years ago to 1,200 A. There is a sizable amount of time before and after that period that cannot be investigated using this method.