Radiocarbon dating technique
Reliable estimates are possible, but with large /- factors.
As you might imagine, scientists have been attempting to discover other organic objects that can be dated securely steadily since Libby's discovery.
Radiocarbon dating was invented in the 1950s by the American chemist Willard F.
Although we don't have any 50,000-year-old trees, we do have overlapping tree ring sets back to 12,594 years.
Beginning in the 1990s, a coalition of researchers led by Paula J.
Reimer of the CHRONO Centre for Climate, the Environment and Chronology, at Queen's University Belfast, began building an extensive dataset and calibration tool that they first called CALIB.
Lake Suigetsu's annually formed sediments hold detailed information about environmental changes over the past 50,000 years, which radiocarbon specialist PJ Reimer believes will be as good as, and perhaps better than, samples cores from the Greenland Ice Sheet. report 808 AMS dates based on sediment varves measured by three different radiocarbon laboratories.
The dates and corresponding environmental changes promise to make direct correlations between other key climate records, allowing researchers such as Reimer to finely calibrate radiocarbon dates between 12,500 to the practical limit of c14 dating of 52,800.