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Samples of wood were taken from a shaft discovered on Nolan’s property and analysed by radiocarbon dating.
The following documents spanning the past forty years show the analysis which has been undertaken and the conclusions which have been drawn about the suggested age of the wood, hinting at an approximate creation date for the Money Pit.
Materials suitable for radiocarbon dating include charcoal, wood and other plant matter, soils and sediments, shells, bone, carbonates, dissolved inorganic carbonate (DIC), methane and hydrocarbons, and food products.
A table of optimum and minimum sample sizes is provided below.
Radiocarbon dating is the principal method for determining the age of carbon-bearing materials from the present to about 50,000 years ago.
The method takes advantage of the natural occurrence of a radioactive isotope of carbon (C in samples of ancient carbon compounds and comparing this with the amount in modern materials, it is possible to determine the time of cessation of carbon exchange with the atmosphere.
Radiocarbon dating has been one of the most significant discoveries in 20th century science.
Renfrew (1973) called it 'the radiocarbon revolution' in describing its impact upon the human sciences.
Very small samples (less than 300 mg) are analyzed by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS).
We have subcontractor agreements with several AMS facilities around the world.
Writing of the European Upper Palaeolithic, Movius (1960) concluded that "time alone is the lens that can throw it into focus".