Carbon dating on man made objects
When a living thing dies, it stops interacting with the biosphere, and the carbon 14 in it remains unaffected by the biosphere but will naturally undergo decay.Decay of carbon 14 takes thousands of years, and it is this wonder of nature that forms the basis of radiocarbon dating and made this carbon 14 analysis a powerful tool in revealing the past.
Archaeology has undoubtedly enriched mankind’s history like no other science.
The implication of what is represented by the carbon 14 activity of a sample must be considered.
The sample-context relationship is not always straightforward.
There are also cases when the association between the sample and the deposit is not apparent or easily understood.
Great care must be exercised when linking an event with the context and the context with the sample to be processed by radiocarbon dating.