Radiocarbon dating also referred to as carbon dating or carbon dating is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon , a radioactive isotope of carbon. The method was developed in the late s at the University of Chicago by Willard Libby , who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in It is based on the fact that radiocarbon 14 C is constantly being created in the atmosphere by the interaction of cosmic rays with atmospheric nitrogen. The resulting 14 C combines with atmospheric oxygen to form radioactive carbon dioxide , which is incorporated into plants by photosynthesis ; animals then acquire 14 C by eating the plants.
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It is the administrative seat of the Jericho Governorate , and is governed by the Palestinian National Authority. Copious springs in and around the city have attracted human habitation for thousands of years. The first excavations of the site were made by Charles Warren in Extensive investigations using more modern techniques were made by Kathleen Kenyon between and The earliest excavated settlement was located at the present-day Tell es-Sultan or Sultan's Hill , a couple of kilometers from the current city.
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There are people coming from a New Age perspective who want the pyramids to be very old, much older than Egyptologists are willing to agree. There are people who want them to be built by extraterrestrials, or inspired by extraterrestrials, or built by a lost civilization whose records are otherwise unknown to us. And similar ideas are said about the Sphinx.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Radio carbon dating determines the age of ancient objects by means of measuring the amount of carbon there is left in an object. In , he won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. This is now the most widely used method of age estimation in the field of archaeology. Certain chemical elements have more than one type of atom.