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Carbon 14 in archaeological dating

That vision sometimes clashes with other scientists' views, but Higham makes no apologies for his interpretations as long as the dates are solid.

Tom didn't originally plan to follow his father's path.

As a child he was obsessed with the history of the American West.

Within 30,000 years, 98% of the already vanishingly small quantities of carbon-14 in bone is gone.

And carbon-14 molecules from surrounding soil start to seep into the fossils.

Buckland's immediate successors did a little better.

They determined that the Red Lady was in fact a man, and that the ornaments resembled those found at much older sites in continental Europe.

Tom found himself drawn to the quantitative side of archaeology to help fill in those details.