Meaning of carbon dating
(kär'bən) Symbol CA naturally abundant, nonmetallic element that occurs in all organic compounds and can be found in all known forms of life.Diamonds and graphite are pure forms, and carbon is a major constituent of coal, petroleum, and natural gas.The Tainos however did not have a written language.
The physical properties of carbon vary widely with the allotropic form.[See Periodic Table of the Elements] Carbon occurs naturally as carbon-12, which makes up almost 99 percent of the carbon in the universe; carbon-13, which makes up about 1 percent; and carbon-14, which makes up a minuscule amount of overall carbon but is very important in dating organic objects.Just the facts Carbon: From stars to life As the sixth-most abundant element in the universe, carbon forms in the belly of stars in a reaction called the triple-alpha process, according to the Swinburne Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.Regardless, questions remain: Who carved these symbols?Was it the Tainos or perhaps a pre-Taino society that carved these symbols? Whenever anyone views petroglyphs the unavoidable question comes up: What is the meaning of these symbols?
Guillermo Gonzalez for sending me the issue of BAR with the Shroud article last November and encouraging me to act on it.