Carbon dating bronze
Manning noted in the Chronicle that, “Scholars working on the early Iron Age and Biblical chronology in Jordan and Israel are doing sophisticated projects with radiocarbon age analysis, which argue for very precise findings. But our work indicates that it’s arguable their fundamental basis is faulty – they are using a calibration curve that is not accurate for this region.”Carbon dating utilizes a very exact process present in nature to come up with its results.
However, most are unaware that the Carbon dating results published for archaeological remains are not the raw results from the radiocarbon tests.
But then Manning added a significant disclaimer: “If you have nothing but a few radiocarbon dates, then you are more looking at ca.50-100 years or so precision.”This hints at a potential bias within the system.Why should the presence of stratified layers increase the accuracy of the radiocarbon results?Although carbon 14 is constantly decaying, it also constantly being produced.This happens in the upper atmosphere from cosmic rays striking nitrogen atoms and splitting them to produce C-14.