Can carbon 14 dating be used on stone dating for 8 months
So it's really not difficult, in the same way that a specialist may be able to date a ancient Greek ceramic pot just by looking at the art style and shape of it.In many places in France one can find stone tools on the ground. So there the stone tools were taken out of context, and it's more difficult to date each individual stone.If one finds a big biface ("hand axe"), he can consider that particular tool is probably Mousterian, and thus grossly between 300,000 to 40,000 years old.However, if you only find flakes with no particular detail, you can't really conclude anything.Side note, but I have met at least one archaeologist who thinks this technique is not the most reliable dating method.C14 dating, context, and seriation are more commonly used.Carbon dating is a method of telling approximately how old an ancient object is. The scientists used carbon dating and decided that the mummy was 10,000 years old. For carbon dating, the isotope used is Carbon-14, which has a half life of 5,700 years.
We also use stylistic differences to help us get approximate dates. When you get enough of a particular artifact from a particular context, you can get a good median age for that style. Dating organic materials from the layer/vicinity a stone artifact is found is the best way to get a good idea, however, it is far from exact.
A child mummy is found high in the Andes and the archaeologist says the child lived more than 2,000 years ago.
How do scientists know how old an object or human remains are?
So if we find a characteristic tool somewhere, like a "feuille de Laurier" (sorry, don't know what it's called in English), which is absolutely typical of the Solutrean culture, we know we're dealing with a Solutrean site and that it's around 20,000 BP.
We know pretty much all the characteristic tools for every prehistoric culture in Europe, and when and approximately where they existed.
There are a lot of good points made in the postings so far.