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It cannot be used to accurately date a site on its own.
However, it can be used to confirm the antiquity of an item.
The half-life of potassium-40 is 1.3 billion years, far longer than that of carbon-14, allowing much older samples to be dated.
For this reason, many archaeologists prefer to use samples from short-lived plants for radiocarbon dating.
After yet another 5,730 years only one-eighth will be left.
By measuring the carbon-14 in organic material, scientists can determine the date of death of the organic matter in an artifact or ecofact.
Absolute dating is the process of determining an age on a specified chronology in archaeology and geology.
Some scientists prefer the terms chronometric or calendar dating, as use of the word "absolute" implies an unwarranted certainty of accuracy.