Carbon dating accuracy debate
One such is FYIIndeed, as can be found in several more articles here: However, I will stand by my statement with this defense: First, we do not need changing decay rates to explain 14C dating.Note the clear references to a "plateau in the calibration curve" from 2500 to 2900BC, which would be due to the flood.C14 was originally calibrated using Egyptian artifacts of "known" age on the "standard" chronology. (1991) Radiocarbon Dating: Recent Applications and Future Potential, Quaternary Proceedings, Number 1, 1991, Wiley Even though this is not my field of study, I happen to have several of these in my files already.Second, while we have discovered in recent years that certain radiometric decay rates do vary, the measured effect is slight, so far.Third, some creationists like the members of the RATE group theorize there was a pulse of accelerated radioactive decay around the time of the Flood, but this would not apply to the post-Flood era.I read the scientific article on the carbon dating done on the Jericho site written by Bruins and Van Der Plicht.When I did the math from their results section of the YBP, they all turned out to be right around the year 1400 .
Paul, Sadly, I could not include the URL in your reply, but the article you cited was interesting nonetheless. Olsson (Ed.), Radiocarbon Variations and Absolute Chronology, Proc.
Examples: For all of these, and more, reasons, calibration is needed in C-14 dating.
Thus, reports generally specify the ‘raw’ numbers and the ‘fudged’ numbers.
There are two reasons uncalibrated dates must be mentioned: 1) this prevents people from making up any number they please, and 2) it is for the sake of posterity, where future scientists can check the results and apply new ideas of calibration. Radiocarbon dates are affected by many outside factors.
The accuracy of the machines is not in question (especially modern ones, which are astoundingly accurate when properly zeroed in). But, any source of old carbon in the ancient environment can affect the amount of C-14 in a sample.