It's development revolutionized archaeology by providing a means of dating deposits independent of artifacts and local stratigraphic sequences.
Other corrections must be made to account for the proportion of throughout the biosphere (reservoir effects).
Additional complications come from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, and from the above-ground nuclear tests done in the 1950s and 1960s.
The method was developed by Willard Libby in the late 1940s and soon became a standard tool for archaeologists.
Libby received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in 1960.
Dating methods in archaeology can be divided into two groups: Relative dating methods and Absolute dating methods.