Category Archives: Radiocarbon Dating

Deranged Dating: In a Nutshell

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The underlying rationale that underpins Radiocarbon Calibration is the assertion that “tree rings” provide “a sequence of securely dated samples”. Construction of a curve To produce a curve that can be used to relate calendar years to radiocarbon years, a … Continue reading

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Deranged Dating: Tamarack Pond Revisited

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Three weeks ago I began reviewing Dallas Abbott’s “seven discrete layers” from Tamarack Pond that had been dated using the magic carpet technique which is more commonly known as Radiocarbon Dating. We have found seven discrete layers in a bog … Continue reading

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Deranged Dating: 536 And All That

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Best snap on a pair of rubber gloves because this is going to be a messy delve into an Anarchic Academic Admixture of Settled Science Spaghetti and Historic Hubris that’s liberally coated with Consensus Calibration Coulis. This Anarchic Academic Admixture … Continue reading

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Deranged Dating: The Big Picture

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Whenever I was dragged off to the cinema to see the greatest story ever told I was always surprised when the trailers informed me I was about to disappointed because the real greatest story ever told was actually coming to … Continue reading

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Deranged Dating: Science To Dye For

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Atmospheric Carbon-14 and Beryllium-10 are cosmogenic nuclides created by high-energy phenomena such as cosmic rays and nuclear explosions with other contributions probably coming from lightning and the burning up of meteoric material. Cosmogenic nuclides (or cosmogenic isotopes) are rare isotopes … Continue reading

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Deranged Dating: Goal Seeking

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C14 Time is a curious creature in the consensus calibration curve that has a nasty habit of flipping into reverse. Taking a closer look at these C14 Time excursions it becomes apparent they are generally associated with spikes in the … Continue reading

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Deranged Dating: IntCal13 and the Heinsohn Horizon

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The scientific hypothesis that is radiocarbon dating initially encountered significant market resistance in academia because radiocarbon measurements had a nasty habit of contradicting the “known” dates associated with historical artefacts. This market resistance dissolved when academia established the Settled Science … Continue reading

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Deranged Dating: The Slanted Science

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If you suspect that radiocarbon dating is really just one huge homogenised hodgepodge then it’s worth spending a few minutes getting acquainted with your academic adversary. If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result … Continue reading

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Deranged Dating: Cometary Carbon-14

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Earth Scientists apparently accept radiocarbon dating as the gospel truth. However, if the Settled Science that supports radiocarbon dating is really just one huge homogenised hodgepodge then acquiescent Earth Scientists are simply being misdirected and left to flounder in the … Continue reading

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Saxon Special Deposits

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The surreal Saxon Swamp is located in the land of Collegiate Cognitive Dissonance. The Second World War ushered in a revival of the Anglo-Saxon Pit-Hut concept in Britain which resulted in the erection of over 3½ million Anderson Shelters that … Continue reading

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The Fold Up Beds of Glen Roy

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The Parallel Roads of Glen Roy are said to be a curious “geological puzzle” that the awfully clever Gradualist Geologists have solved by stating they are “a series of ice-dammed proglacial lake shorelines”. However, if these awfully clever Gradualist Geologists … Continue reading

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Dating the Dark Earth: The Devil’s Kneading Trough

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One of the more celebrated Dark Earth sites subjected to the sophisticated Settled Science of radiocarbon dating is the very aptly named Devil’s Kneading Trough in Kent. Along the chalk downs in southern England there are a number of short, … Continue reading

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Dating the Dark Earth: A Tale of Two Techniques

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Academic evaluations over the last sixty years have slowly cracked the cypher of an embarrassing enigma that has enfeebled and incapacitated many Earth Scientists. Undaunted by the dangers a relay of dedicated professions have persistently pursued and diligently documented a … Continue reading

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The Red Score: The Baffin Crucible

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Patricia Sutherland is an archaeologist who makes judgements based upon the “evidence offered”. In temperate North America numerous finds have been proposed as evidence of a Norse presence, but none aside from L’Anse aux Meadows has achieved general scholarly acceptance. … Continue reading

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The Arabian Horizon: The Wet Deluge

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Tucked away in the annuals of history there is one story of cataclysmic rainfall that defies the general rule that reports of “a torrential downpour that lasts 40 days” are thin on the ground. Ancient narrators were not reticent to … Continue reading

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Denver Dust Bowl

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A lot of sand gets blown around in Colorado. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park located in the San Luis Valley, in the easternmost parts of Alamosa County and Saguache County, Colorado, United … Continue reading

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Antarctic Guide to the First Millennium

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There is no official mainstream historical narrative for Antarctica during the 1st millennium because [so we are told] Antarctica was only discovered in 1820. In 1820, several expeditions claimed to have been the first to have sighted the ice shelf … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Louis Hissink

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One of the problems with ice core data is working out how quickly deposited snow becomes buried. Ice is peculiar in that, unlike silicate sediments such as clays and silts, it undergoes physical phase transformations that complicates subsequent stratigraphical analysis. … Continue reading

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Greenland Guide to the First Millennium

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The archaeological narrative for Greenland in the 1st Millennium is essentially one long hiatus [aka lacuna aka void] that is only disturbed by the error bars of radiocarbon dating. The mainstream historical narrative only begins after the Heinsohn Horizon with … Continue reading

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Irish Guide to the First Millennium

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In Europe it’s now possible to recalibrate the Irish Oaks Δ14C chronology for the 1st Millennium using my trusty digitised Japanese Cedar Isotopic Tree Thermometer. An initial comparison of the Japanese and Irish chronologies doesn’t appear very promising but there … Continue reading

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