University of Leicester archaeologists took four small samples from one of the ribs of the Greyfriars skeleton and sent them to two specialist units with the facilities to analyse them: the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) at the University of Glasgow, and the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, part of the University of Oxford’s Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art.
These are released as radioactive particles (there are many types).
This decay process leads to a more balanced nucleus and when the number of protons and neutrons balance, the atom becomes stable.
This may be out of context but “one day is like a thousand years” to God (2 Peter 3:8).
How old are the bones found under the Greyfriars church?
On the contrary, the idea that God spent hundreds of millions (billions?
) of years creating earth for us actually reaffirms the idea that God holds his human creation as extremely precious.Clearly they can’t be any more recent than the Dissolution of 1538.But if they are earlier than 1485, then they can’t be Richard’s remains.Radiocarbon dating is a commonly used technique which relies on the fact that, although 99% of carbon atoms have six protons and six neutrons (carbon-12), about 1% have an extra neutron (carbon-13) and about one atom in a trillion has two extra neutrons (carbon-14).C-12 and C-13 are stable but C-14 decays at a known rate, with a half-life of 5,568 years.Fossil fuels like coal and oil have been around for so long — millions of years — that all of their carbon-14, which has a half life of 5,730 years, is already decayed and gone.