from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The determination of the approximate age of an ancient object, such as an archaeological specimen, by measuring the amount of carbon 14 it contains. Also called carbon dating, carbon-14 dating.
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- n. A method of estimating the age of an artifact or biological vestige based on the relative amounts of the different isotopes of carbon present in a sample.
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- n. a chemical analysis used to determine the age of organic materials based on their content of the radioisotope carbon-14; believed to be reliable up to 40,000 years
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In the decades since it came to me, the scientific study of documents has made huge strides, from the chemical analysis of writing materials to radiocarbon dating to the grammatical analyses of the words themselves.