Labels attached to the packaging materials must not fade or rub off easily.Glass containers can be used when storing radiocarbon dating samples, but they are susceptible to breakage and can be impractical when dealing with large samples.Anthropologists can describe a people’s physical character, culture, and environmental and social relations.Archaeologists, on the other hand, provide proof of authenticity of a certain artifact or debunk historical or anthropological findings.Other potential contaminants include paper, cardboard, cotton wool, string, and cigarette ash.Samples must be stored in packaging materials that will protect them during transport and even during prolonged storage.It is in knowing what made past cultures cease to exist that could provide the key in making sure that history does not repeat itself.Over the years, archaeology has uncovered information about past cultures that would have been left unknown had it not been with the help of such technologies as radiocarbon dating, dendrochronology, archaeomagnetic dating, fluoride dating, luminescence dating, and obsidian hydration analysis, among others.
Other labs accept waterlogged wood while others prefer them dry at submission.
Calibration is then done to convert BP years into calendar years.
This information is then related to true historical dates.
The sample-context relationship is not always straightforward.
Date of a sample pre-dates the context it is found.