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A carbon age of thousands of years in the future like the one you described could indicate that the wood in question was cut/separated from the tree in the 1960s, when atmospheric radiocarbon levels were at their highest.
(There are other phenomena besides nuclear bombs that also affect carbon isotope levels—see later.) Several examples of future carbon dates appear in some research done on silk cloth.
Radioisotope dating relies on unprovable assumptions about the past, and unless we have reliable historical dates for objects, we cannot be certain that their calculated ages are accurate.
The only reliable way to date anything is by the historical method—relying on trustworthy records such as the Bible. Archaeologists will readily dismiss carbon-dating ages if they do not agree with the date they want or expect: For example Australian archaeologist Dr Josephine Flood rejected the 30,000 year carbon-dates for ‘Mungo Man’ because she believes, based on other dating methods such as electron spin resonance, that Mungo Man is 60,000 years old.wrong.
Repeated sample and got the same results.’ Testing of atmospheric nuclear bombs in the 1950s and 60s dramatically increased levels of radiocarbon (carbon-14, C) in the atmosphere—see the graph below.
Measurements have always shown fluctuations in the level of atmospheric radiocarbon, but since the peak in the mid 1960s, the level has been steadily decreasing overall.
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There is evidence of changes in carbon isotope ratios from era to era, region to region, species to species, and even from one part of an individual organism to another part.For examples, see the section ‘Other factors affecting carbon dating’ from Chapter 4 ‘What about carbon dating?