A researcher who uses carbon dating on ancient items
Did you know that cloth and paper were once living things?Cloth can be made from the wool of a sheep, or cotton, which is a plant. So when scientists find something wrapped in an old piece of cloth or find an old piece of paper with important writings on it, they can use carbon dating to find out when the items were used.The carbon dating makes it more likely than ever that it originated from around the era that Himiko ruled over Wa.To date the pits, Yoshio Nakamura, professor emeritus of Nagoya University, and Ryo Kondo, director of social education of the education board of the Tokushima prefectural government, both conducted radiocarbon dating tests separately using accelerator mass spectrometry.Nakano studied 15 pits, and apart from three that could not be analyzed, he concluded that 12 originated from between 135 and 230 A. Kondo studied two others and obtained similar results.He also analyzed charred matter on pottery pieces and melon seeds found in the pit, and concluded they are highly like to be from between 100 and 250 A.
It is one of the few sites around Japan that is believed to be the location of the elusive kingdom of Yamataikoku.
“It is still not definitely certain whether the carbon dating data actually indicates the age of the building itself,” he pointed out.
It is the first time that a natural scientific method was used to date the building's ruins, which measures 19.2 meters north to south and 12.4 meters east to west, in the Makimuku site.
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SAKURAI, Nara Prefecture--Thousands of peach pits found near building ruins in the Makimuku archeological site in western Japan were likely harvested between 135 and 230 A.