Problem with radiocarbon dating


16-Feb-2018 00:12

Four of the Senwosret II dates were only off by 30, 24, 14, and three years.Significantly, the older date was on charcoal (see “old-wood problem” below).For Khufu’s Great Pyramid, they scatter over a range of about 400 years.We have fair agreement for the 1st Dynasty tombs at North Saqqara between our historical dates, previous radiocarbon dates, and our radiocarbon dates on reed material.

Scientists have calculated the rate at which C14 decays.The number of dates from the two projects was only large enough to allow for statistical comparisons for the pyramids of Djoser, Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. First, there are significant discrepancies between the 19 dates for Khufu and Khafre, but not for Djoser and Menkaure.Second, the 1995 dates vary widely even for a single monument.Test results from Middle Kingdom pyramid (Senwosret II).



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