The bones would not have survived 6,000 solar years of exposure, nor could they be expected to remain in an articulate relationship during erosion and reburial by natural processes."A mastodon skeleton, found at Ferguson Farm near Tupperville, Ontario, provided a radiocarbon age of 8,900 for the collagen fraction of bones and a radiocarbon age of 6,200 for high organic-content mud from within the skull cavities. Flint, "Radiocarbon Dating," in Science, February 8, 1957, p. Only if all the factors producing C-14 in living tissue are unchanged, can past radiodating results be reliable "An earlier increase in neutrino levels] must have had the peculiar characteristic of resetting all our atomic clocks.
Scientists have tried to extend confidence in the carbon dating method further back in time by calibrating the method using tree ring dating.
In order for carbon dating to be accurate, we must know what the ratio of carbon-12 to carbon-14 was in the environment in which our specimen lived during its lifetime.
during the industrial revolution more carbon-12 was being produced offsetting the ratio a bit).
We learned rather abruptly that these numbers, these ancient ages, are not known; in fact, it is about the time of the first dynasty in Egypt that the last [earliest] historical date of any real certainty has been established."—*W. Libby, "Radiocarbon Dating," in American Scientist, January 1956, p. [Libby was the one who pioneered the discovery of Carbon ! "It may come as a shock to some, but fewer than 50 percent of the radiocarbon dates from geological and archaeological samples in northeastern North America have been adopted as `acceptable' by investigators."—*J. In the Proceedings of the Symposium on Radiocarbon Variations and Absolute Chronology held at Uppsala in 1969, T. A famous American colleague, Professor Brew, briefly summarized a common attitude among archaeologists towards it, as follows: If a C-14 date supports our theories, we put it in the main text.
Arnold and I had was that our advisors informed us that history extended back only 5,000 years . You read books and find statements that such and such a society or archaeological site is [said to be] 20,000 years old. Olsson introduce their report with these words: "C-14 dating was being discussed at a symposium on the prehistory of the Nile Valley.