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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.

The different isotopes of carbon do not differ appreciably in their chemical properties.

MYTH #2 Radiocarbon dating has established the date of some organic materials (e.g., some peat deposits) to be well in excess of 50,000 years, thus rendering a recent creation (6 to 10 thousand years ago) impossible.

Some organic materials do give radiocarbon ages in excess of 50,000 "radiocarbon years." However, it is important to distinguish between "radiocarbon years" and calendar years.

"Everything which has come down to us from heathendom is wrapped in a thick fog; it belongs to a space of time we cannot measure.

We know that it is older than Christendom, but whether by a couple of years or a couple of centuries, or even by more than a millenium, we can do no more than guess." [Rasmus Nyerup, (Danish antiquarian), 1802 (in Trigger, 19)].

Renfrew (1973) called it 'the radiocarbon revolution' in describing its impact upon the human sciences.

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