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Radiocarbon Dating

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  • Prehistoric Hearth, Runberg Site, Chaffee County

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    Charcoal, such as carbonized wood collected from a camp fire, is suitable for radiocarbon dating, but may represent multiple “dates” of the death of the trees used in the original firewood.
    Prehistoric Hearth, Runberg Site, Chaffee County
  • Dead on the Stand Tree, Larimer County

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    Radiocarbon dating of wood from dead-on-the-stand trees will yield a date that may be much older than the archaeological feature that is being dated.
    Dead on the Stand Tree, Larimer County

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References: 

Sheridan Bowman, Radiocarbon Dating (London: British Museum Press, 1990).

Willard F. Libby, “Radiocarbon Dating,” Science 133 (March 1961).

Michael B. Schiffer, “Radiocarbon Dating and the ‘Old Wood’ Problem: The Case of the Hohokam Chronology,” Journal of Archaeological Science 13 (January 1986).

R. E. Taylor and Ofer Bar-Yosef, Radiocarbon Dating: An Archaeological Perspective, 2nd ed. (Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2014).

Additional Information: 

Thomas Higham, “The Method,” n.d.

Doug Macdougall, Nature’s Clocks: How Scientists Measure the Age of Almost Everything (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008).

Radiocarbon Dating: An Introduction,” Beta Analytic, n.d.

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