One of the nice things about this method is that we don't have to worry about carbon being lost from the sample.
Because we are measuring the abundance of two isotopes of carbon, and because isotopes of the same element will be chemically identical, no ordinary process can preferentially remove C is going to be small enough to begin with, being only 0.0000000001% of atmospheric carbon, and then as the decay process progresses it's going to get smaller and smaller.
Egypt’s ancient timeline has long been a subject of debate.
Archaeologists have depended mostly on fragmentary historical records and pottery types. Classification schemes are subjective, and variations among dig sites may not reflect progress through time.
We will deal with carbon dating first and then with the other dating methods.
Carbon has unique properties that are essential for life on Earth.
Today secular and biblical experts acknowledge that “traditional” Egyptian chronology is a muddle.
However, in the 1940s, the organization of time was transformed by the revelation of radiometric dating and the subsequent creation of a scientific chronology of humankind, known as ‘absolute dating’.“Trying to understand what happened in human history to lead people to establish this sort of polity we felt was a gap in understanding that needed to be filled.”1 Before the mid-twentieth century, Egyptologists came up with dates for Egyptian unification ranging from 5500 BC to 2000 BC.Since then, the average date assigned has been around 3100 BC.2 Dee’s study fits with this trend.“The formation of Egypt was unique in the ancient world.It was a territorial state; a state from which the moment it formed had established borders over a territory in much the same way we think of nations today,” Dee explained.