Time dating history of bc ad
Nonetheless, 1950 is a long time ago now—should we adjust the starting point to 2000?No, the same problem would have to be addressed again in the coming years.However, a major disadvantage of using BP is that the present year, of course, changes every twelve months.If it was a simple matter of counting backward, what was accurately measured and published as 500 BP today in fifty years would be 550 BP.As it happens we are absolutely correct in both beliefs.Of course it is true that there is perplexity about the date of Christ's birth, since Herod the Great actually died in 4 BC – and there will always be some who doubt that Jesus of Nazareth ever existed.You know what, I just don't think this is good enough.This decision by the BBC is not only puerile and absurd.
A TL date of 2500 b2k would be 2,500 years before 2000, or 500 BCE.
It is also deeply anti-democratic, and I urge all those who are fed up with the advance of pointless political correctness to fight back.
The BBC is almost alone in Western democracies in being a state-funded broadcaster. And therefore I think we deserve to be consulted before the corporation makes a decision of immense cultural importance, a decision that affects the way we will ask our children to think about the history of our civilisation.
Thermolumiscence dating, on the other hand, has a unique situation.
Unlike radiocarbon dates, TL dates are calculated in straight calendar years—and the dates measured range from a few years to hundreds of thousands of years.
We need a fixed point in time as a starting point so that all the BP dates are equivalent no matter when they are published.