Reliability of nitrogen content (%N) and Carbon: Nitrogen atomic ratios (C:N) as indicators of collagen preservation suitable for radiocarbon dating
A recent study into prescreening techniques to identify bones suitable for radiocarbon dating from sites known for poor or variable preservation (Brock et al. 2007, 2010a) found that the percent nitrogen (%N) content of whole bone powder was the most reliable indicator of collagen preservation. Measurement of %N is rapid, requires little preparation or material, and is relatively cheap. The technique reduces the risk of needlessly sampling valuable archaeological objects, as well as saving time...[Show more]
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