Our results clearly show the potential for phytolith carbon dating at archaeological sites in the absence of other dating materials.Radiocarbon dating has proven to be a powerful tool for reliably obtaining the ages of past events recorded in sediments and archaeological sites during the late Quaternary period. Carbon dating has a certain margin of error, usually depending on the age and material of the sample used.
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This can be done very accurately, although some samples may be difficult to work with.
Beyond this, the accuracy of the date depends on the reliability of the assumptions used in interpreting the measurements (see below).
However, the reliability of phytolith radiocarbon dating has recently been questioned.