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

In last Tuesday’s lecture, radiocarbon dating was covered briefly.

It is an essential technology that is heavily involved in archaeology and should be explored in greater depth.

Desmond Clark (1979) wrote that were it not for radiocarbon dating, "we would still be foundering in a sea of imprecisions sometime bred of inspired guesswork but more often of imaginative speculation" (Clark, 1979:7).

Writing of the European Upper Palaeolithic, Movius (1960) concluded that "time alone is the lens that can throw it into focus".

The technology uses a series of mathematical calculations—the most recognizable of which is known as half-life—to estimate the age the organism stopped ingesting the isotope.

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