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A Carbon-14 Primer by Christine Prior

Carbon-14 dating has become the subject of intense debate in the antiques world – but how many people really know how it works or what it can and cannot determine? Dr Christine Prior of the Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory in Auckland, New Zealand, offers a concise guide. This article was first published in HALI 174, Winter 2012.

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Big Squid tapis, Lampung, South Sumatra. C-14 dated to either 1673-1788 AD or 1799-1891 AD.

Big Squid tapis, Lampung, South Sumatra. C-14 dated to either 1673-1788 AD or 1799-1891 AD. Courtesy Thomas Murray, Mill Valley, California

 

 

 

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