Radiocarbon (C14) dating is possible on wood, ivory, bone,
textile, shell… Particular heed should be paid to the fact that
we date the felling of the tree, or the death of the animal and
not the carving of the object. Radiocarbon dating is relevant
for all periods, even the most recent. We can therefore date
19th and 20th century objects.
e conventional age of this Dogon statue is
500 ± 20 years old BP, Before Present (a er
1950). However, a er applying the calibration
process, we obtain a date range between 1410
and 1441 AD (95.4%). Only those dates are
scienti cally correct.
e dating of the gure below indicates
that the tree was cut a er 1950 and more
speci cally in 1962, 1976 or 1977. Dating
makes it easy to detect the copies made
a er 1950. is is due to atomic bombs
and atmospheric nuclear tests from 1945.
e radiocarbon dating
gives a conventional age,
called Before Present (BP),
which must be calibrated
(corrected) to obtain the
de nitive calendar intervals.
e identi cation of the variety or the
essence of the wood delivers information
on the origin and speed of growth of the
tree. ese values will be useful for our
“Enhanced C14 Dating” protocol.
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Statue Dogon, Collection Weill
WOOD BONE IVORY
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