Posted by Steve Price on June 27, 1999 at 04:52:36:
In Reply to: Comments on discussion posted by Randy Crist on June 26, 1999 at 23:06:08:
I think the reason so much attention is being paid to C-14 dating is that it is "breaking news". The Basel conference on the subject is recent, and many believe that our thinking about the ages and aesthetics of Turkmen rugs is undergoing a revolution based on the C-14 results. That revolution, of course, is based on the belief that C-14 dating of Turkmen rugs is reliable. There are enough sources of error to make this, at the least, an unsettled question, even if 95% confidence limits of more than 300 years bother you less than they do me.
I'd love to see some discussion of dating things besides Turkmen, and have tried to outline the conventional ways of doing this in hopes of drawing some out.
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