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[–] draaaak 1 points 12 points (+13|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I may be wrong, but from what I understand, stone structures like the pyramids are dated based on other artifacts found around the site, as well as organic material, found between stones, which can be carbon-dated. They're also able to use apparent surface erosion. This is how people have been able to determine that the Sphinx is far older than the pyramids.

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[–] FrozenFire74 1 points 9 points (+10|-1) ago 

The erosion patterns in the sphinx indicate a completely different environment than what the Egyptians live in today. In fact, the erosion patterns are spot on for water erosion in a tropical climate, which would put the date of it's creation back centuries from the accepted date.

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[–] draaaak 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Correct! And not just centuries, millenia. One estimate I saw I think was roughly 16000 years ago(?) I might be remembering that number incorrectly... it was something crazy long ago like that.

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[–] elitch2 8 points -6 points (+2|-8) ago 

Carbon dating is like csi. Nothing in real life like it is on tv.

Carbon dating is not a reliable measure of age past 1000 or so years. Nobody fucking knows. We've found human remains that date back 200k years. Are you telling me that in the last thousand or so is the first time we've discovered technology? Seems improbable.

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[–] draaaak 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

So, tell me, if carbon dating is unreliable past 1000 or so years, how do we know those human remains date back 200,000 years?

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[–] Saufsoldat 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Are you telling me that in the last thousand or so is the first time we've discovered technology? Seems improbable.

How so? Human progress has been pretty much exponential for as long as we can observe. Are you telling me that humans first discovered smart phones only in the last ten years or so when we've existed for well over 100 000 years? Improbably!

Except it's not.