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As with any radioactive particle it decays over time. Libby in 1948 at the University of Chicago, showed that C14, tested in his laboratory, decayed at the rate that, projected out, would cause half of its weight to be lost in 5568 years.

Hence, the term ‘half-life’ was given to radioactive substances.

However its application has caused extreme confusion and misunderstanding of the archaeological record.

Knowing the limitations of this dating method can help avoid colossal archaeological misinterpretations that would otherwise distort history.

The most important archaeological dating method is radiocarbon dating.

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