Radiocarbon dating pollen
But in 2004, Hurricane Ivan's powerful winds and waves uncovered some of the forest.
Both stone and earthen ringforts would generally have had at least one building inside. It is likely that many have been destroyed by farming and urbanisation."When we ran those samples through the band saw, you can smell the resin just like you were cutting into a fresh piece of wood today," Harley said.The scientists said that though they originally thought, based on the depth of the site, that the trees were 10,000 years old, radiocarbon dating from nearby sediments suggests the forest dates to an ice age that prevailed more than 50,000 years ago.Tia has interned at Science News, Wired.com, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Scientific American, and Science Now.She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.