AFNetsuke wrote:We have been waiting on carbon dating processes that can use microsamples. Perhaps you can tell us about labs that can do this? Of course new carvings could be made of antique ivory. Please let us know what the state of the art is in dating. Standard deviations of +/- a hundred years or more don't do us much good.
The time has come my friend, they can now do it using Accelerator Mass Spectrometers with milligrams of material.
You can scrape a tiny bit of dust from inside the himotoshi where it would be impossible to see without like a dentist's mirror.
I'm just not sure yet how small a date range we can get, like you say +/- 100 years is not good enough.
The first company I called only does it for academic research projects but there are many services I'll try another one tomorrow.
We actually have one of those machines in our lab at work, I wonder if I can get our tech to do it for me there, it should be easy compared to what he usually has to do.
I will definitely keep you posted.
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