However, human beings love to see factual precision, and we want to know how old something is.
Please remember that all dating methods, even those termed "absolute," are subject to margins of error. That is a very small amount of possible error range. Modern studies almost always use two or more methods to confirm dating work and to build confidence in the results obtained.
The advantage of this technique over the conventional radiocarbon method is that it requires a far smaller sample size and can potentially provide dates going back to around 100,000 B. At present, however, AMS dates generally are for events less than organic molecules that are building blocks of proteins.
There are at least 20 different kinds of amino acids in living things.
.offers accuracy and precision in results, significant cost savings per sample, and meaningful age estimates for both archaeological features and the landforms which are the context of the archaeological site" (Frink 1997: 5). have led the reader through a comparison of the OCR Carbon-Dating procedure to the laws of thermodynamics, linear statistical analysis, and established scientific practices, concluding with the "doubt [that] so simple a method will ever be truly useful to archaeologists." Beginning with a brief history of the OCR procedure as developed by this researcher (not inventor), I address each of these issues in turn.