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William Meacham on a single carbon dating sample

Archeologist William Meacham, in an essay, "Radiocarbon Measurement and the Age of the Turin shroud":

No responsible field archaeologist would trust a single date, or a series of dates on a single feature, to settle a major historical issue, establish a site or cultural chronology, etc. No responsible radiocarbon scientist would claim that it was proven that all contaminants had been removed and that the dating range produced for a sample was without doubt its actual calendar age. The public and many non-specialist academics do seem to share the misconception that C-14 dates are absolute.

 

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