Carbon-14 dating does not produce ages in the millions of years, as do some other types of radioisotope dating.
C dating consists of measuring the amounts of carbon-14 and carbon-12, and sometimes C-13, in a sample.
This can be done very accurately, although some samples may be difficult to work with.
Beyond this, the accuracy of the date depends on the reliability of the assumptions used in interpreting the measurements (see below).
Traditional radiocarbon dating is applied to organic remains between 500 and 50,000 years old and exploits the fact that trace amounts of radioactive carbon are found in the natural environment.
Now, new applications for the technique are emerging in forensics, thanks to research funded by NIJ and other organizations.
Ironically, given how supposedly useless carbon dating is claimed to be, Creation Ministries International rests part of their "101 Evidences" on carbon dating being a useful method for within several thousand years.
The field school takes place in Belgium, over 5000 miles away from your native California!
Okay, it’s a little bit out of your comfort zone, and the fact you’ll be staying in an unfamiliar country for two months can be nerve-racking, but you couldn’t pass up such a learning opportunity!
We present an improved method for extracting phytoliths from soils.
We compared the dating of phytoliths and other materials (e.g., charcoal and plant seeds) recovered at the same depth from seven pits at six archaeological sites in China.