Radiocarbon Dating

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Abstract: Radiocarbon dating can be used to determine the age of objects that contain components that were once alive. In the case of human remains, a radiocarbon date can distinguish between a crime scene and an archaeological site. Documents, museum artifacts and art objects can be dated to determine if their age is correct for the historical context. A radiocarbon date does not confirm authenticity, but it can help identify a forgery.

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Buchholz, Bruce A. May 25, 2012.

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Abstract: Radiocarbon dating can be used to determine the age of objects that contain components that were once alive. In the case of human remains, a radiocarbon date can distinguish between a crime scene and an archaeological site. Documents, museum artifacts and art objects can be dated to determine if their age is correct for the historical context. A radiocarbon date does not confirm authenticity, but it can help identify a forgery.

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  • Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science, "Radiocarbon Dating," 2012, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: Chichester, pp. 1-3

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Buchholz, Bruce A. Radiocarbon Dating, chapter, May 25, 2012; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc842772/: accessed September 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.