Thermoluminescence dating versus radiocarbon dating
The radioactive carbon has six protons and eight neutrons in its nucleus, giving it a total atomic mass of 14.
This atom is not stable, and will break down, releasing nuclear energy in the process.
BASIS OF RADIOCARBON DATING Radiocarbon dating compares the amount of normal carbon with the amount of radioactive carbon in a sample.
What effect would the declining strength of the earth's magnetic field and a catastrophic worldwide flood have on radiocarbon dates?
This paper presents the results of a combined archaeological, archaeomagnetic and thermoluminescence study of a kiln discovered during a rescue excavation at Chieri, northern Italy. The full vector of the geomagnetic field, accompanied by rock magnetic analyses of the studied material, has been defined. Based on (a) the archaeological–anthropogenic stratigraphy of the site, (b) the structural characteristics of the kilns and (c) the few ceramic findings revealed within their context, the operation of this brick and tile factory is approximately dated between the middle of the fifth century until the first decades of the sixth century AD. The investigated area is a ceramic workshop comprising several Early Byzantine kilns.Archaeomagnetic study was performed on 26 baked clay samples, isolating stable characteristic remanent magnetizations. The dating of the site was performed with both methods.The statistic comparison of the averaged direction with reference secular variation curves suggests two possible dating intervals. The archaeomagnetic dating is convergent with the archaeological estimation only when its upper limit is considered.