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How 14C dates on wood charcoal increase precision when dating colonization: The examples of Iceland and Polynesia

Schmid, Magdalena; Dugmore, Andrew J.; Foresta, Luca; Newton, A.; Vésteinsson, Orri; Wood, Rachel


Archaeological chronologies use many radiocarbon (14C) dates, some of which may be misleading. Strict ‘chronometric hygiene’ protocols, which aim to enhance the overall accuracy and precision of 14C datasets by removing all potentially problematic samples, mean that so few dates remain in some locations that accurate chronologies cannot be established. 14C dates on charcoal can be affected by an ‘old-wood’ effect, and so they are often removed from analyses, despite >40,000 being available...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-07-26
Type: Journal article
Source: Quaternary Geochronology
DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2018.07.015


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