The Dating Game

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Eleven people attended the NI Science Festival 'Dating Game' event which started off with a presentation on the background of radiocarbon dating and some examples of different applications from archaeology, forensics and environmental science. The group then toured the pretreatment laboratory to learn how contamination is removed from various types of samples and to see some of the material that can be dated. Following this there was a tour of the AMS facility to see how the measurements are made and radiocarbon ages calculated and calibrated. There were plenty of questions all along the way and everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon.
Period27 Feb 2016
Event titleNI Science Festival
Event typeExhibition
LocationBelfast, United KingdomShow on map


  • radiocarbon dating
  • AMS 14C dating