Radiocarbon dating curve
Archaeologists are keenly interested in the results of such dating, because they study ancient men and their works.
Bible students too have been interested in radiocarbon dating, because its range overlaps the 6,000-year history of man recorded in the Bible.
The theory on which the radiocarbon method rests has been found to be much more complex than was expected twenty years ago, and many of the corrections to the theory have been studied to see how they would affect the measured ages.
By taking all this into account, it would appear possible to get a fairly exact age of organic material that was formed at any time in the past 7,400 years.
Perhaps you know that the radiocarbon clock was used to date the linen wrapping of the ancient manuscript of Isaiah discovered near the Dead Sea.
Interest in radiocarbon dating has been stirred up anew by the recent publication (in 1971) of the proceedings of the Twelfth Nobel Symposium, held in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1969.
Now there are some samples taken from ancient men’s houses and hearths that, according to the radiocarbon dates, are more than 6,000 years old.
Such findings conflict with the Bible chronology, according to which the first man was created only 6,000 years ago. Has the increased refinement and apparent success of the radiocarbon clock made the Bible chronology obsolete?
This curve is based chiefly on wood taken from long-lived trees that have been dated by counting their annual rings.
Reading through the reports of the Uppsala conference, one comes to the conclusion that, in fact, not one of the assumptions listed above is now known to be correct!
Some of them are perhaps just a little wrong, but others have turned out to be quite wrong.
This process also is reversible, although it may take fifty years.
Mineral carbonate in the rocks is, of course, not considered to be part of the exchange reservoir.