Question: Is there a problem with carbon 14 dating?

Radiocarbon dating is a key tool archaeologists use to determine the age of plants and objects made with organic material. But new research shows that commonly accepted radiocarbon dating standards can miss the mark -- calling into question historical timelines.

What is a drawback of carbon-14 dating?

Radiocarbon dating is also susceptible to contamination. If the ground in which an object is buried contains particles of coal or other ancient sources of carbon, radiocarbon testing may indicate that the object is far older than it really is.

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