Uses of radioactive carbon dating


12-Apr-2017 15:50

How It Works: Carbon has 3 isotopic forms: Carbon-12, Carbon-13, and Carbon-14.

More recently is the radiocarbon date of 1950 AD or before present, BP.Shellfish remains are common in coastal and estuarine archaeological sites, but dating these samples require a correction for the “reservoir effect” a process whereby "old carbon" is recycled and incorporated into marine life especially shellfish inflating their actual age in some cases several centuries.