A simple question, but often difficult to answer. At Aeon Laboratories, we use radiocarbon dating to answer this question for materials as old as 40,000 years, and in some cases, even older. Plant remains, charcoal, shells, bone, and other materials that contain carbon are all potentially suitable for radiocarbon dating.
The ratio of radiocarbon to stable carbon in an organism depends on the environment until death, then decreases predictably over time. By measuring this ratio, we can calculate the age of a sample.
Sounds easy, doesn't it? But radiocarbon comprises only about one trillionth of the carbon in living organisms. In most samples there is even less! Painstaking work is required to isolate and measure only the original sample carbon and produce a reliable radiocarbon date, one that is scientifically accurate and numerically precise.
Such reliability is uncommon. At Aeon Laboratories, we pursue this goal with innovative proprietary technology, the skill and discipline required to execute exacting procedures, and a thorough understanding of chemical and biological principles.
How old is it? Turn to Aeon for the answer.