Renfrew (1973) called it 'the radiocarbon revolution' in describing its impact upon the human sciences.

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The radiocarbon method was developed by a team of scientists led by the late Professor Willard F.

Libby of the University of Chicago in immediate post-WW2 years.

Libby later received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1960: (From Taylor, 1987).

How Carbon Dating works Carbon dating is one method scientists use to measure the ages of objects which were alive at some time in the past.

In our atmosphere there are particles of carbon, when rays from the sun hit them it turns a few of them into carbon 14 (a radioactive carbon).

Of all the carbon in the world only a very small amount is radioactive.

Plants are designed to absorb carbon dioxide (what you and I breathe out --.

"Everything which has come down to us from heathendom is wrapped in a thick fog; it belongs to a space of time we cannot measure.

We know that it is older than Christendom, but whether by a couple of years or a couple of centuries, or even by more than a millenium, we can do no more than guess." [Rasmus Nyerup, (Danish antiquarian), 1802 (in Trigger, 19)].