Question: Can carbon dating be used on paper?

The method has been used to date the substrate of a range of significant items, however it should be noted that carbon dating can only date the material itself, the paper or parchment, not media used to add content to the parchment or paper substrate.

What type of material can you use carbon-14 dating on?

Carbon-14 dating is a way of determining the age of certain archeological artifacts of a biological origin up to about 50,000 years old. It is used in dating things such as bone, cloth, wood and plant fibers that were created in the relatively recent past by human activities.

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