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Beyond 14C Dating

A User’s Guide to Long-Range Dating Methods in Archaeology
  • W. Jack Rink

Abstract

In the 1980s and 1990s a range of new dating methodologies has emerged that are based on radiation exposure effects in host materials. These methodologies include electron spin resonance (ESR) and various forms of luminescence dating (OSL, IRSL, and TL). These techniques require careful sampling strategies that are best accomplished by archaeologists and geochronologists working together. This chapter aims to provide archaeologists and geochronologists with an introduction to the sampling approaches and range of problems that can be solved in archaeology, with an accompanying description of the physical basis of the methods. These radiation exposure techniques, along with fission-track methods, are compared with recently improved conventional radiogenic isotopic dating approaches such as mass spectrometric uranium series and 40Ar/39Ar dating. Emphasis is placed on considerations of how to identify datable materials and selection of the appropriate technique for dating in a site, with due consideration to various problems and advantages in the various approaches.

Keywords

Electron Spin Resonance Optically Stimulate Luminescence Fission Track Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry Tooth Enamel 
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  • W. Jack Rink
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  1. 1.School of Geography and GeologyMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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