Radiocarbon dating equation - Carbon Dating Definition, What is Carbon-14. - Radiocarbon


The CARD Fund operates via a web-based system to minimise the administrative burden and costs for both Archaeological Research Services Ltd and SUERC - this means more resource is available to plough into the fund and acquire new radiocarbon dates. The only way to apply is via the on-line application form on this web page. If you are successful you will be required to fill in a simple excel form and send your samples, carefully packaged and labelled via recorded delivery, to Archaeological Research Services Ltd where the samples will be checked and assessed prior to sending on to the SUERC laboratory. NB. You must not send samples direct to SUERC. When the sample has been dated you will receive the dating certificate and calibrations via email from Archaeological Research Services Ltd. together with suggested format for presenting and referring to the dates in publications.

The number of protons in the nucleus of an atom determines the element. For example, all carbon atoms have 6 protons, all atoms of nitrogen have 7 protons, and all oxygen atoms have 8 protons. The number of neutrons in the nucleus can vary in any given type of atom. So, a carbon atom might have six neutrons, or seven, or possibly eight—but it would always have six protons. An “isotope” is any of several different forms of an element, each having different numbers of neutrons. The illustration below shows the three isotopes of carbon.


Radiocarbon dating equation

Radiocarbon dating equation


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