Rafter carbon dating

Also shown are views of bone preparation at the Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory.

DR CHRISTINE PRIOR In conventional radiocarbon dating, you’re measuring the presence of the C-14 when you measure the radioactive decay.

Dr Christine Prior is Team Leader of the Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory at GNS Science.University of Waikato Photograph by Alan Hogg This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law.It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.Radiocarbon dating is one of the main lines of evidence of Polynesian arrival some time between 12.Since the 1950s, when this method was developed, scientists have learnt more about its application in the New Zealand setting.As part of Rafter’s scientific legacy, New Zealand continues to play an important role in these developments and now has two radiocarbon dating laboratories that receive samples from all over the world.Another aspect of Rafter’s work has also left a lasting legacy.Even now, more than 60 years after the technique was first developed, improvements continue to be made to give greater accuracy and reliability.The technique, first developed in America in 1949, created a revolution in the dating of archaeological material.The new method proved to be a bit unreliable, so Rafter and his team set about solving some of the problems.Their improvements had a lasting impact on the worldwide use of the technique.

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