Luminescence Dating

  • Martin J. Aitken
Part of the Advances in Archaeological and Museum Science book series (AAMS, volume 2)


The basic principles are explained in terms of thermoluminescence dating of pottery, with particular regard for the interests of archaeologists. Extensions of luminescence dating to other fired materials such as burnt flint, and to stalagmitic calcite and unburnt sediment are then outlined, including optical dating of the latter. Final sections deal with limitations in age range, accuracy and error limits.


Electron Spin Resonance Potassium Feldspar Burial Soil Quaternary Science Review Luminescence Date 
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  • Martin J. Aitken
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  1. 1.Research Laboratory for ArchaeologyOxford UniversityUK

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