Question: What Cannot be dated with radiocarbon dating?

What can be dated? For radiocarbon dating to be possible, the material must once have been part of a living organism. This means that things like stone, metal and pottery cannot usually be directly dated by this means unless there is some organic material embedded or left as a residue.

Can you carbon date a tooth?

The slow, but variable turnover of cartilage makes it an unsuitable tissue for age determination. Although dental enamel is the hardest substance in the body, teeth are not routinely used in traditional radiocarbon dating due to fear of carbonate mineral exchange during centuries of burial.

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