Organic material carbon dating

Posted by / 17-Jan-2017 17:34

Test results from Middle Kingdom pyramid (Senwosret II).

Ancient Egypt’s population was restricted to the narrow confines of the Nile Valley with, we assume, a sparse cover of trees.

The 1995 set of radiocarbon dates tended to be 100 to 200 years older than the dates, which was about 200 years younger than our 1984 dates.

In spite of this discrepancy, the radiocarbon dates confirmed that the Great Pyramid belonged to the historical era studied by Egyptologists. Koch Foundation supported us for another round of radiocarbon dating.

We broadened our sampling to include material from: We also took samples from our Giza Plateau Mapping Project Lost City excavations (4th Dynasty), where we discovered two largely intact bakeries in 1991.

We focused our collection efforts on tiny pieces of these materials, along with reed and straw left by the ancient builders.

In 1984 we conducted radiocarbon dating on material from Egyptian Old Kingdom monuments (financed by friends and supporters of the Edgar Cayce Foundation).

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But material from the time of the pyramids lends itself well to radiocarbon dating because they fall into the 2575-1640 date range.