Radiocarbon dating also referred to as carbon dating or carbon dating is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon , a radioactive isotope of carbon. The method was developed in the late s at the University of Chicago by Willard Libby , who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in It is based on the fact that radiocarbon 14 C is constantly being created in the atmosphere by the interaction of cosmic rays with atmospheric nitrogen. The resulting 14 C combines with atmospheric oxygen to form radioactive carbon dioxide , which is incorporated into plants by photosynthesis ; animals then acquire 14 C by eating the plants. When the animal or plant dies, it stops exchanging carbon with its environment, and thereafter the amount of 14 C it contains begins to decrease as the 14 C undergoes radioactive decay. Measuring the amount of 14 C in a sample from a dead plant or animal, such as a piece of wood or a fragment of bone, provides information that can be used to calculate when the animal or plant died.
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The Waikato Radiocarbon Dating laboratory results both radiometric and AMS were found to be highly consistent with the other labs. The radiocarbon community has since recognised the excellence of this research and some of the samples will be utilised in the next International Radiocarbon Inter-comparison exercise. The results are published in Radiocarbon with the paper free to download Hogg et al b. To measure laboratory reproducibility and crosscheck our results, we are also involved in inter-calibration exercises with the radiocarbon community. We have participated in all of the Glasgow University programs including the recent 6th international radiocarbon inter-comparison and the earlier International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA inter-comparison exercise. Alan Hogg was also a member of the international advisory committee for the Fourth inter-comparison.
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Pretreatment — It is important to understand the pretreatment applied to samples since they directly affect the final result. You are welcome to contact us to discuss the pretreatment or request that we contact you after the pretreatment and prior to dating. Radiocarbon dating of this type is possible provided there is sufficient amounts of wood, charcoal or other plant remains that can be found. The accuracy will depend on what organic materials are extracted, and if they were contemporary to the time of the construction.