What is radiocarbon dating and how does it work
Can we trust radiocarbon dating?
Young Earth creationists tell us that we can’t. After all, it makes the same range of assumptions as other radiometric dating methods, and then some. Other methods benefit from internal checks or duplications, which in the case of radiocarbon dating are generally absent.
Is radiometric dating the same as carbon dating?
The half life of carbon-14 is so short (less than 6000 years) that even according to the claims of secular scientists, there would not be measurable amounts of carbon 14 in any matter after a mere 40,000 years. Carbon dating by itself is much-bandied and poorly understood. However, the dating methods by which the claims of millions and billions of years are established are collectively known as radiometric dating, and include sub-types such as uranium-lead dating and potassium-argon dating.
How is the age of an object determined by radiocarbon dating?
Radiocarbon dating (also referred to as carbon dating or carbon-14 dating) is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon, a radioactive isotope of carbon.
How far back can radiocarbon be used to date?
Because of this relatively short half-life, radiocarbon is useful for dating items of a relatively recent vintage, as far back as roughly 50,000 years before the present epoch.