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The world’s oldest known woven garment

Radiocarbon dating has dated an ancient Egyptian linen shirt back to 3484-3102 B.C., making it the oldest known woven garment. Although the dress was thought to be Egypt’s oldest garment, and the oldest surviving woven garment in the world, the precise age of the dress was uncertain as previous carbon dating

Albertans are 300 years older than thought

New radiocarbon dates obtained for an ancient hunting site in Alberta are pushing back the date the first Albertans arrived there to 13,300 years ago. That means the 13,300-year-old bones, along with stone choppers and knives used to butcher the animals, predate what was thought to be North America's first identifiable

New precise timeline for early Egypt

Researchers from the University of Oxford have developed a new, more precise, timeline for early Egypt, based on new radiocarbon dates. The new finding reveals a robust timeline for the first eight kings and queens of Egypt, including, in order of succession Aha, Djer, Djet, Queen Merneith, Den, Anedjib, Semerkhet and

The oldest rock art drawings in Australia

Charcoal drawings found in the Northern Territory of Australia have been dated back 28,000-years, making them the oldest in the country. University of Southern Queensland archeologist Bryce Barker said Monday that found the rock in June last year but only recently had it dated at New Zealand’s University of Waikato radiocarbon

Revamping radiocarbon dating

Archaeological scientist Tom Higham is working to better radiocarbon dating for samples dating back to when humans first arrive in Europe. By developing techniques that strip ancient samples of impurities, he and his team have established more accurate ages for the remains from dozens of archaeological sites. In the process, Higham

Untouched Iron Age broch discovered

Radiocarbon dating of twigs found inside an ancient broch in Scotland suggests that its interior has remained untouched since it was built during the Iron Age. The dating of twigs possibly used for woven mats points to the Assynt site remaining unaltered until it collapsed. The broch at Clachtoll was built using

The math behind radiocarbon dating

I was just reading the latest issue of Wired on my iPad and came across this cool article which explains the math behind radiocarbon dating. Living things constantly consume carbon—through photosynthesis, for plants, and for animals, ingestion of those plants. The atmospheric ratio of carbon-14 to regular carbon-12 remains consistent at

Radiocarbon dating used to verify Egyptian chronology

Radiocarbon dating has proved that the chronology of the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms is correct. The researchers dated seeds found in pharaohs' tombs, including some from the tomb of the King Tutankhamun. They write in the journal Science that some of the samples are more than 4,500 years old.