Which of these dating methods is capable of giving the most accurate age of an artifact?
In most cases radiocarbon dating is the most commonly used method for dating an artifact made from a material which was once part of a living organism. However, there are other methods available. Although radiometric dating is a useful tool dendrochronology (also known as tree ring dating) remains the most effective and accurate method of dating certain species of wood (where a suitable sample can be found).
When scientists use carbon dating, the measure the amount of radioactive carbon-14 present in a fossil or organic artifact. C-14 decays at a steady rate, so if scientists can calculate the amount that has decayed, they can determine the approximate age of the artifact.
The way in which you would date an artifact would depend on several things including that material from which it was made, its value, approximately how old you think it might be, whether it is from a museum collection or an archaeological site and various other factors. There are a wide range of archaeological dating methods available to archaeologists the most well known of which is carbon dating.
The artifact must contain carbon-14.
No, the artifact has to have carbon in it. In other words, you can't date rock, ceramics, etc with C-14 dating.
Two major dating methods applied to artifacts and fossils are stratagraphic dating (based upon the particular layer of rock of sediment in which the object is found) or radiometric dating (which is based on the decay rates of certain radioactive isotopes). The type of radiometric dating used depends greatly on the approximate time period you are studying and so varies depending on if the material you are studying is an artifact or a fossil. The method most commonly used in archaeology is carbon dating.
yes it does
It is called relative dating methods.
carbon dating is one
Metal artifacts rarely contain residues of organic products. Carbon-14 dating is adequate only for artifacts containing organic materials.
An object made by human hands dating back to ancient times is called an 'artifact.'