Can radiocarbon dating be used on wood
This may be the result of growth age; in which the age of dead wood in the centre of the living tree is dated, or storage age; which refers to the amount of time elapsed from the death of the tree to its use by people (Mc Fadgen, 1982).
In 1979, Desmond Clark said of the method “we would still be foundering in a sea of imprecisions sometime bred of inspired guesswork but more often of imaginative speculation” (3).I think that I shall never see, a sample of a plain old tree, a tree that's not been carved or painted, calcified, burned or otherwise tainted, But bones and shells and peat I get; preparing them all day I sweat.Won't someone please take pity on me, and send in just one plain old tree. A Rafter in Procs 6th international Radiocarbon Conf, Pullman, 1965. The quote given above illustrates the preference that radiocarbon daters have had with dating wood and wood charcoal materials.Radiocarbon dating may only be used on organic materials.Typically (6): The above list is not exhaustive; most organic material is suitable so long as it is of sufficient age and has not mineralised - dinosaur bones are out as they no longer have any carbon left.