Applications of radiocarbon dating in archaeology
The particular advantage of luminescence dating is that the method provides a date for the archaeological artefact or deposit itself, rather than for organic material in assumed association.
Before the nuclear age, the amount of radiocarbon in the environment varied little in the span of a century.
In contrast, from 1955 to 1963, atmospheric radiocarbon levels almost doubled.
Since then they have been dropping back toward natural levels.
AB - Radiocarbon dating is one of the most important chronological tools applied to archaeology.
A wide range of nuclear techniques are used by archaeologists to determine the age of items.