This chapter reviews the basic elements of the radiocarbon (14C) dating method and summarizes three generations of 14C studies in archaeology. It considers in greater detail several major advances in 14C research including the extension of the calibration of the 14C time scale into the late Pleistocene, further detailed characterization of Holocene short-term perturbations (de Vries effects), and the development of accelerator mass spectrometry.


Late Pleistocene Radiocarbon Date Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Interdisciplinary Perspective 
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