As I have noted previously, it’s a wonderful time to be a young-earth creationist.
All sorts of interesting data are being uncovered that challenge the supposedly “rock-solid” idea that the earth is billions of years old.
Surely, what the Russians intended to convey (and what nearly everybody would understand), is that these samples were charcoal from a not too ancient campfire.
For example, this study shows detectable levels of carbon-14 in a range of carbon-containing materials that are supposedly 1-500 million years old.
Surprisingly, the study includes from several different locations!
And if it isn't constant, how do you calibrate your measurement so you can actually figure out how much carbon-14 there is relative to living plants and animals at that time?
And the way that you can make that calibration, because it turns out it isn't perfectly constant, the way that you can make that calibration, there's two ways, and I have pictures here of both of them, one is to look at tree things. And I'm told this will work up to about 10,000 years. I don't know of any 10,000 year old trees, I don't think anyone does, but maybe there's some remains of old trees.