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Research Efforts of Kenneth Griffith
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With Darrell K. White, I have been developing a "Chronological Framework of Ancient History" that combines the data from ancient chroniclers with contemporary texts discovered by modern archaeology.
The practice of radiocarbon dating of human and animal remains has been marred by three problems. First, the standard practice of testing labs has been to ask what the sample is and where it is from, prior to testing. This destroys the scientific principle of double-blinding. Second, the calibration curves have been based on assumed dates of older material that may not be accurate. This has produced anomalies such as the Halstatt Plateau where samples from the fifth to ninth centuries BC inexplicably give radiocarbon dates of the same age. Third, the calibration curves currently assume a constant mass of the biosphere and constant rate of cosmic radiation over human history. This assumption is doubtful and can skew ages upward or downward in events such as large volcanic eruptions, grand solar minima, and catastrophes that destroy biomass such as massive fires or famines caused by asteroid impacts.
I am developing a project to set up a new dating lab which will develop testing methods using radiocarbon and rehydroxylation dating curves calibrated using double-blinded testing of samples from unquestionably known dates no older than the Neo-Babylonian Empire. Radiocarbon can be used to test organic samples and charcoal, while rehydroxylation dating can be used to accurately date ceramics, which are far more abundant and durable than organic remains. Calibrating both methods together using samples from sites of known dates is more likely to produce an accurate dating method, because rehydroxylation of ceramics is not affected by changes in biomass and cosmic radiation, and carbon 14 decay is not affected by temperature and humidity.
My research on ancient chronology led to the publication of two papers on the Tower of Babel and probable origin of post flood humanity in the Pre Pottery Neolithic culture at sites near Diyarbakir, Turkey.
To fund these three areas of research I am creating a non-profit trust in Virginia. Please check back for further information on this effort.