Can carbon dating be faked
(More on uses of carbon dating)But that just proves the age, right? Whiskies are good candidates to study because of their strict production rules: the components in each brand are fairly constant even in different batches.
The "bomb peak" is based on radiocarbon levels released during a series of nuclear tests conducted during the Cold War, after 1955.These tools are now also being introduced to find counterfeit drugs or check food products for pesticide content. (Read more)A sample ended up with a rare whisky specialist and was subjected to carbon dating tests, which established that the whisky was distilled almost a hundred years later than stated on the bottle making it an almost worthless fake.Question: "Is carbon dating a reliable method for determining the age of things? Researchers have used carbon dating methods to prove that most pre-1900 Scotch whiskies are fake…but the good news is that the technology can be used to identify fake and mislabelled foods as well. Scientists used carbon dating techniques from archaeology to spot fakes among rare, collectable whiskies.