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Violations of this assumption can frequently be identified.Three additional assumptions are necessary in radiocarbon dating in order to estimate the initial concentration of C could be caused by changes in the intensity of the cosmic radiation or in the strength of the earth’s magnetic field.

While the small variations in isotope decay that have been reported may not invalidate all isotopic dating, they raise questions about the assumption of completely uniform decay rates.

A second assumption is that the sample being dated has not experienced any loss or contamination of C over its history.

Carbon-14 dating cannot be applied to materials that have no C dates are less than that figure.

It is sometimes thought possible to extend the dating range a few half-lives, so one occasionally sees dates as old as 70,000 years or more.

Carbon-14 dates usually appear to be reasonably accurate whenever they can be checked against historical records.

For example, when the Dead Sea Scrolls were dated, three methods could be used: 1) Dates written in the documents themselves (like the date at the start of a letter) 2) Paleography, which uses the style of script used to write documents to date them, and 3) Carbon-14.

It is widely used in dating fossils or archaeological samples containing organic material such as wood, charcoal, bone, shells, etc.

It is not used to date rocks or other inorganic material.

Violations in the atmosphere result from volcanic eruptions that occasionally add C.

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