Carbon dating lab in delhi

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With the start of excavation work by a team of the Archaeological Survey of India ASI at the disputed Ramjanambhoomi site in Ayodhya, people in the city are inquisitive about scientific phrases like 'carbon dating'. With the start of excavation work by a team of the Archaeological Survey of India ASI at the disputed Ramjanambhoomi site in Ayodhya, people in the city are inquisitive about scientific phrases like ''carbon dating''.

Will excavation be of any help and whether carbon dating will help in proving about the ''identity'' of the demolished structure?


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The questions are aplenty. Not surprisingly, Lucknow University professors are finding themselves surrounded by people posing innumerable queries.

Carbon Dating Lab In Delhi

Geologist and pro vice-chancellor of Lucknow University Prof MP Singh explained that carbon dating was a process through which age of an organic matter could be detected by finding the amount of a particular type of carbon atom C14 in the matter, while comparing it with the standard amount of that particular carbon atom present in the organic matter today.

As of now, the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany in the city has the facility of carbon dating in the state. The Accelerator Mass Spectrometry technique, however, enables one to use small amount of samples and determine the date precisely within one hour, which radioactive-dating technique would have taken few years. According to Kothari, who is the principle investigator of the project, the facility being set up in Mumbai will enable researchers to determine the existence of a samples for up to 50, years BC.

Carbon dating in a lab

If we need to know how many centuries ago something was living, we need high-precision instruments, which currently do not exist in the country. Besides its importance from the archaeological and astronomy-archaeological points of view, the facility is critical for geologists and can also be used for pharmaceutical applications in drug development.

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