How Carbon Dating Works
In the movies, scientists use “carbon dating” to determine the age of ancient artifacts and dinosaur bones. But what is the real science behind carbon.
Radiocarbon helps date ancient objects-but it's not perfect archaeologists have been measuring carbon levels to date sites and artifacts. But the amount of carbon in tree rings with known ages can help scientists. An archaeologist's staple is radiocarbon dating: judging the age of an organic sample from its carbon – also known as radiocarbon.