Start Controversy over carbon dating

Controversy over carbon dating

) is the chronology of Qumran based on the External Data - as we showed - primarily including archaeology, paleography and, latterly, radiocarbon dating.

That included protecting the samples, avoiding cracked areas in the bones, and meticulous pre-cleaning of the samples with chemicals to remove possible contaminants.

Plants and animals absorb both C-12 and C-14 in the course of their natural lifetimes simply by carrying out these basic functions.

When they die, they cease to consume them, and the isotope of C-14 begins to revert back to its Nitrogen state at an exponential rate due to its radioactive decay.

All details were given so that people could check the way the experiments had been carried out.