[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: Ink and paper analysis?
> Even with this refinement, the precision and accuracy of carbon 14 dating
> would not be good enough to be likely to yield useful information,
> particularly because there was a good bit of fluctuation in carbon 14
> production during the time period we're interested in (these fluctuations are
> the result of variations in solar radiation, which produces carbon 14 from
> nitrogen 14 in the upper atmosphere).
And, ironically, atomic bomb tests in the 1950s made C14 of post-1950
artifacts possible due to the extra C14 pulse from the explosions. :)
Adams Douglas, San Diego, CA Adams@xxxxxxxxxxx
PGP Public Keys: http://Adams.Douglas.net/pgpkey.txt
<adamsd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 084E B706 E8D5 4C2E 1A43 ECE2 6B96 8018 6238 197A
UTM:11S0487200 3623500 MGRS-2:11SMS872235 (100-meter)
"Reserve your right to think, for even to
think wrongly is better than to not
think at all."
- Hypatia of Alexandria (c 400 CE)