In New Zealand there are two radiocarbon laboratories – the GNS Sciences’ Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory in Lower Hutt and the University of Waikato’s laboratory in Hamilton. For archaeologists, radiocarbon dating is the most widely used method of estimating the age of objects. It is a dating method used for objects containing carbon that are up to 50,000 years old. Accurate radiocarbon dating requires great expertise and technologically advanced equipment.
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