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In Ages in Chaos we have seen that, with the fall of the Middle Kingdom and the Exodus synchronized, events in the histories of the peoples of the ancient world coincide all along the centuries.Elizabeth Ralph of Pennsylvania University a piece of wood found in the neighborhood of another object which he dated to the reign of Merneptah of the Nineteenth Dynasty.However, the sample became contaminated in the laboratory.From a French laboratory, where a control piece of the same find was sent, no answer was forthcoming, and the circumstances of the find gave no assurancehad either laboratory succeeded in obtaining a resultthat the piece of wood from Ras Shamra really dated from the reign of Merneptah in Egypt.It looked as if the only result of all my efforts would be a stately volume of letters and memoranda entitled ASH.It is to ash that organic specimens must be converted to make the test.
It was ash also in the sense that many efforts ended in nothing.
Libby, then of the University of Chicago, published his Radiocarbon Dating.
It was about half a century after the discovery of cosmic rays that he had come upon the idea, and also developed a method, of using the radioactivity resulting from cosmic rays for the purpose of dating organic remains.
The Museum has a radiocarbon laboratory of its own, and therefore the task could be simplified; but the Museum claimed other preferential tasks.
At one time I secured the help of the late Professor Robert H.
This made quite a few Egyptologists express their disbelief in the carbon method and the physicists even bolder in assuming that the Egyptologists were victims of some undefined systematic error.