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.
Radiocarbon or C14 dating employs complex systems of measuring the unstable isotopes in once living matter.
As plants enter the human and animal food chains the C14 dioxide enters their living tissue.
Many people are under the false impression that carbon dating proves that dinosaurs and other extinct animals lived millions of years ago.