Updated January 25, 2019. The initials BP (or bp and rarely B.P.), when placed after a number (as in 2500 BP), means years Before the Present. Archaeologists and geologists generally use this abbreviation to refer to dates that were obtained through the radiocarbon dating technology.
What does BP in years mean?
Before Present Before Present (BP) years, or years before present is a time scale used mainly in archaeology, geology, and other scientific disciplines to specify when events occurred before the origin of practical radiocarbon dating in the 1950s.
What does 10000 BP stand for?
Example: The event occurred in 10,000 BP [equal to 10,000 years before 1950].
What does BP mean when dating?
A date given as BP is a date before 1950. BC means before Christ (although nowadays BCE is used, meaning before the Common Era). CE (Common Era) is used instead of the old term AD, meaning Anno Domini, or after the birth of Christ.
What is BP as opposed to BC?
Dates can be expressed as AD, BC, BCE (before common era), and BP (before present). The accepted way to represent C-14 ages is in terms of years BP, where the year 1950 is used as the present. (1950 is the date that the calibration curves were established.
Is BP older than BC?
B.P. (Before the Present) is the number of years before the present. Because the present changes every year, archaeologists, by convention, use A.D. 1950 as their reference. So, 2000 B.P. is the equivalent of 50 B.C.
What happened 5000 BC?
China. Chinese civilisation advanced in this millennium with the beginnings of three noted cultures from around 5000 BC. Also about 5000 BC, the Hemudu culture began in eastern China with cultivation of rice, and the Majiabang culture was established on the Yangtze estuary near modern Shanghai, lasting until c.