Radiocarbon dating cremated bone gigandet dating
This is an interest which has developed out of my radiocarbon dating of four sites during my Ph D (which this blog is titled after).
Charcoal can be less reliable than bone due to something called the ‘old wood effect’.
Bone, antler, and teeth Our ability to radiocarbon date bone and other collagen containing samples such as antler, horn, and teeth (dentine) depends upon the preservation of the protein component of the bones (mostly collagen).
The preservation depends largely on the burial conditions (soil acidity, temperature, moisture etc.).
Sample size If at all possible, please send only the amount required for the radiocarbon dating.
Minimum and optimum weights are given in the table below.
Things have been very busy lately, what with my digging full time, working on publications, and trying to organise myself for my forthcoming trip to Bestansur (mega-excited about this one).