Radiocarbon Dating and the Nuclear Era

For a long time, dating former living things has been done via radiocarbon dating.  Need to know when the approximate age of an ax you found in a hole?  Radiocarbon dating is the answer, except when it isn’t…

Some time ago, a chunk of wood was radiocarbon dated to 3,000 years in the future.  Well, that’s impossible unless that chunk of wood somehow went back in time, like way back in time to be found at that spot at the time it was found.  That probably isn’t the case with this chunk of wood.  It could be, we don’t know what the world’s technology will look like in 3,000 years and time travel may just be the start of what we can and cannot do. However, it is far more likely that the date is wrong.  Except radiocarbon dating uses the known decay rates of radioactive isotopes to measure the age of something and since it decays at a known rate, how can the date be wrong.

Enter the Nuclear Era.  After much pondering and second guessing of how radiocarbon dating could be wrong, a scientist tested a piece of wood that he knew had been exposed to atomic tests during the 1950s.  It also dated to somewhere in the distant future.  What hadn’t been thought of was how radioactive material such as nuclear weapons would change the radioactive isotopes we test for in once living matter to date things.

This is where the world goes a little of the rails for the majority of people.  The above makes lots of sense.  However, we have found pockets of radiation in places it shouldn’t be, like Mahenjo Daro.

Mahenjo Daro is an ancient city in Pakistan that has been painstakingly excavated over several decades.  Like Pompeii, something bad happened at Mahenjo Daro.  We know this because it seems that overnight the city was abandoned to join the ranks of cities lost to history.  There are some strange things going on at Mahenjo Daro, including high levels of radiation on the stuff that was abandoned in the city as well as the vitrification of sand.  Ancient Alien theorists latch onto Mahenjo Daro as the site of an epic battle in which two Alien Factions vied for control of Earth and the humans on it.  Most scientists admit they don’t understand what happened at Mahenjo Daro and may never know, but that doesn’t dispute the facts that something happened there and that it seems to involve radiation or nuclear weaponry.

The site is a World Heritage Site, so it isn’t like India or Pakistan were testing nuclear bombs there.  However, it does have higher than normal levels of radiation.  These levels are not dangerous, just enough to make carbon dating unreliable.  However, if no one was testing nuclear weapons at Mahenjo Daro, where did the increased radioactivity come from?  We know that certain events, like meteor strikes, can cause radiation spikes.  We don’t fully understand them, but space is full of radiation, so maybe it isn’t surprising that anything flying through space that doesn’t burn up in our atmosphere on the way down, would cause radiation spikes upon impact.

Since we know the Tunguska event and Mohanjo Daro both were involved in situations where radiation was increased for a period of time, thereby altering the date based on radiocarbon dating, is it possible that other events like this have happened in the distant past and created a flawed historical record based on radiocarbon dated items?  Or perhaps altered the age of other items, creating radiation isotopes that were way in the future at the time they happened and now just appear to be 4,000 years old only because the radioactive isotopes we measure have finally begun to decrease?  And how would we know?  (I think I’m back on point here, I get distracted thinking of the Tunguska Event and Mahenjo Daro and Radiocarbon dating being the accepted standard for dating of everything that existed before the 1930s).

I guess my point is, is human history older than we think but because radiocarbon dating has been exposed to have a serious flaw, we don’t realize it’s older than we think?  I mean how would we know if the artifacts found in King Tut’s tomb were really from 1,300BCE just based on radiocarbon dating.  I mean the possibility has to exist that something like Tunguska has happened before, possibly at Mahenjo Daro, and Pakistan isn’t that terribly far from Egypt when you consider how the crow flies and wind currents and fallout… So what if we have been wrong all this time and King Tut wasn’t buried in 1,300BCE but 4,000BCE or 6,000BCE.  Could this also explain the geologic evidence on the Sphinx?  There was nothing to radiocarbon date in regards to the Sphinx.  However, if our entire timeline is off because of radiation events in the distant past, it is possible that the Sphinx which can’t be radiocarbon dated because it’s stone not decaying organic matter, could be significantly older than we think because the radiocarbon dates we have pulled from artifacts we can date from Ancient Egypt are off.  We now know we are cannot carbon date anything that has been exposed to radiation or that has started growing since we started detonating nuclear warheads, however, what if we were always wrong about dates because nuclear events happened in the past that involved space events, like meteors striking the planet, and we didn’t account for them because we didn’t know about them. (It would be hard to prove an air explosion of a meteor in the distant past, even the one in 1908 has to be theorized because it wasn’t a well populated area – it was Siberia – and no one witnessed it first hand.

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