The remains of the ancient city of Ugarit were discovered in 1929, and the stone tablets found there contained writings that must have implications for the Old Testament.
Scholars are of course divided about how to interpret them and theologians obfuscate about their relevance, but many of them are now preserved in the Louvre in Paris.
For example, if you believe in the literal truth of the Old Testament and that the world is only 6000 years old, then carbon dating and other rational scientific evidence that sheds doubt upon these claims can be dismissed as easily as the rest of science.
(I will not dwell on the irony of the observation that many of these people rely on same basis of science to read this post on the internet, or to use their mobile phones, while denying that science has anything useful to say about their area of 'special pleading'.) Those who do not actually deny the scientific truth of the dating of these texts sometimes try to pretend instead that it is not very relevant.
Minimalists in archeology say that the events of the early Hebrew kingdoms in the Hebrew Old Testament were mostly made up.
Many skeptics believe that the kingdoms of David and Solomon did not exist because of the paucity of archeological evidence from that era.
It takes another 5,730 for half of the remainder to decay, and then another 5,730 for half of what's left then to decay and so on.
The period of time that it takes for half of a sample to decay is called a "half-life." Radiocarbon oxidizes (that is, it combines with oxygen) and enters the biosphere through natural processes like breathing and eating.
However, the C radiocarbon dating is accurate to within ± 30 years and firmly establishes the earlier date for an extensive mining and smelting operation. Levy's conjunction of "historical" and "biblical" in the title of his recent publication, along with references to the biblical King Solomon within the article have irritated some of his colleagues.
However, archaeologist William Schniedewind of UCLA agreed with his assessment, saying Levy "is completely right.
Plants and animals naturally incorporate both the abundant C-12 isotope and the much rarer radiocarbon isotope into their tissues in about the same proportions as the two occur in the atmosphere during their lifetimes.