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Carbon Dating

News about carbon dating. Commentary and archival information about carbon dating from The New York Times.

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Scientific Evidence of Flood May Give Credence to Legend of China’s First Dynasty

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:17:51 -0500

Historians have long wondered whether the Great Flood was a myth, but archaeologists and geologists have discovered data about a dam that supports the story.

Story of Philistines Could Be Reshaped by Ancient Cemetery

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 04:01:20 -0500

Archaeologists in Ashkelon, Israel, said they had found a burial site that could help reveal the origin and lifestyle of a civilization whose history has been written by its enemies.

Digging Up the Root of Carbon Dating

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:08:37 -0500

The discovery of the principle behind carbon dating was reported in The New York Times two years before its remarkable implications were widely understood.

Neanderthals in Europe Died Out Thousands of Years Sooner Than Some Thought, Study Says

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:34:52 -0500

The finding, aided by advances in radiocarbon dating, sharply narrows the period in which Neanderthals and modern humans overlapped in Europe.

With Science, New Portrait of the Cave Artist

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:08:53 -0500

Paintings on cave walls in northwestern Spain are far older than previously thought — some of them more than 40,000 years old, scientists said, raising a possibility that Neanderthals were the artists.

Finding the First Americans

Sat, 19 May 2012 16:29:32 -0500

New discoveries are upending the old theory of how the continent was settled.

Artifacts From a Time of Many Droughts

Wed, 16 May 2012 10:55:28 -0500

After finding more water jar pieces, researchers plan their return to Cara Blanca, Belize, to further study the Maya world and how its inhabitants survived multi-year droughts.

Fossil Teeth Put Humans in Europe Earlier Than Thought

Wed, 02 Nov 2011 14:01:49 -0500

Refined radiocarbon dating techniques revealed that the teeth, discovered decades ago, belonged to early modern humans, not the Neanderthals with whom they coexisted.

A Big-Game Hunt by Early North Americans

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:01:54 -0500

A mastodon rib prompted speculation in the late 1970s about pre-Clovis settlers. Now improved carbon dating technology has confirmed the fossil is 13,800 years old.

Dating Stone Tools

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:06:58 -0500

Because radiocarbon dating is limited to the last 50,000 years, an artifact like a flint tool is dated by the age of the sediment in which its found.