It is assumed that the amount of radioactive carbon left in the sample indicates how old it is. It is based on several assumptions, one of which is false.For this method to work, the rate of production of carbon-14 in the atmosphere has to remain constant through time.Radiocarbon dating was invented in the 1950s by the American chemist Willard F.Libby and a few of his students at the University of Chicago: in 1960, he won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the invention.
Knowing the limitations of this dating method can help avoid colossal archaeological misinterpretations that would otherwise distort history.
Though radiocarbon dating clearly enjoys “wide public interest,” it also generates much confusion and discord among Christians, which leads to an obvious question: is Libby’s celebrated work a reliable technique for dating ancient objects?
The short answer is a resounding YES and here’s why.
These atoms rapidly decay into radiocarbon-dioxide and along with ordinary CO2 are absorbed by living plants.
As plants enter the human and animal food chains the C14 dioxide enters their living tissue.