How do scientists know how old an object or human remains are?
They thought that sites which had the same kinds of pots and tools would be the same age.
The relative dating method worked very well, but only in sites which were had a connection to the relative scale. When radiocarbon dating was developed, it revolutionised archaeology, because it enabled them to more confidently date the past, and to build a more accurate picture of the human past.
Animals eat plants, and some eat other animals in the food chain.
Carbon follows this pathway through the food chain on Earth so that all living things are using carbon, building their bodies until they die.
The archaeologist Colin Renfrew (1973) called it the development of this dating method 'the radiocarbon revolution' in describing its great impact upon the human sciences.
The radiocarbon method was developed by a team of scientists led by the late Professor Willard F.
Poznan Radiocarbon Laboratory is the first such institution in the Central-Eastern Europe.
Performance of the Poznan Radiocarbon Laboratory (PRL) is possible due to a close collaboration with the AMS Laboratory (LAMS), housed at the same floor, and leaded by the same person.
Today, there are over 130 radiocarbon dating laboratories around the world producing radiocarbon dates for the scientific community.
The C14 method has been and continues to be applied and used in many, many different fields including hydrology, atmospheric science, oceanography, geology, palaeoclimatology, archaeology and biomedicine.
The person who wrote these words lived in the 1800s, many years before archaeologists could accurately date materials from archaeological sites using scientific methods.