Radiocarbon dating technique is primarily based on the radioactive decay of Carbon-14 isotope.Developed by a team of researchers under the leadership of Dr.Understanding the age and period of existence of the excavated fossils and other organic objects will help the archaeologist to unravel human history and evolution in a scrupulous manner (Taylor 24).Archaeologists utilize one of the revolutionary methods called the radio carbon dating to determine the approximate age of the organic materials including plant and animal parts up to 50000 years (Long).Otherwise archaeologists had to resort t to the method of relative dating where by comparing with stratigraphically close objects [objects which are buried at the same depth will be approximately of the same era.] clue regarding the time period and historical styles were assumed or rather guesstimated. gsu.edu/hbase/nuclear/cardat.html>15 April 2009.
John -18Radiocarbon dating can be quite accurate, and the techniques improve yearly.However, before accepting a radiocarbon date, one should understand how the technique works, its limitations, and its assumptions.One limitation is that the radiocarbon technique only dates material that was once part of an animal or plant.Another limitation is the difficulty in estimating the age of things which are older than 50000 years as the amount of C-14 in such samples become absolutely undetectable due to complete decay. F Herzog 60) conducted with the help of mass spectrometer have increased the range of the technique up to 100000 years (Nave). Conclusion Despite all the limitations radio carbon dating will remain as a significant tool for archaeologist around the globe to compare and understand the evolution of human culture and civilization. Thus undoubtedly radiocarbon dating remains one of the significant tools for the archaeologist to explain the evolution and cultural emergence in a more accurate manner.