Radiocarbon Dating

Radiocarbon Dating

An Archaeological Perspective

1st Edition - June 11, 1987

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  • Author: R Taylor
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323159791

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Radiocarbon Dating: An Archaeological Perspective provides a review of some of the major advances and accomplishments of the 14C method from an archaeological perspective. The text also provides an introduction to some of the problems and issues involved in the use of 14C data in archaeological studies. The book covers topics in radiocarbon dating, including the elements of the radiocarbon method; definition of major anomalies and the different effects of the 14C method; and sample, sample pretreatment, and measurement techniques. The evaluation of radiocarbon data and the historical development of radiocarbon dating as a method that aids in archaeological studies are also discussed. The text is recommended for archaeologists who want to know more about the theories and principles behind radiocarbon dating, its techniques, and its application in their field. The book will also be good for physicists who want to work with archaeologists and apply their knowledge in radiocarbon dating.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    1. Elements of the Radiocarbon Method

    1.1 Basic Principles

    1.2 General Assumptions

    1.3 Conventions

    1.4 Production and Distribution of Natural Radiocarbon

    1.5 Decay of Radiocarbon

    1.6 Major Bibliographic Sources

    2. Definition of Major Anomalies

    2.1 General Considerations

    2.2 Secular Variation Effects

    2.3 Reservoir Effects

    2.4 Contamination and Fractionation Effects

    2.5 Recent 14C Variations

    3. Samples and Sample Pretreatment

    3.1 General Perspective

    3.2 Sample Pretreatment Strategies

    3.3 Sample Materials

    3.4 Sample Size, Sample Collection, and Data Considerations

    4. Measurement Techniques

    4.1 Nature of Radioactivity

    4.2 Methods of Measurement

    4.3 Measurement of Natural Radiocarbon

    4.4 Decay Counting Systems

    4.5 Direct Counting Systems

    4.6 Radiocarbon Age Calculations

    4.7 Statistical Constraints

    5. Evaluation of Radiocarbon Data

    5.1 General Principles

    5.2 Sample Provenance Factors

    5.3 Sample Composition Factors

    5.4 Statistical and Experimental Factors

    5.5 Systemic Factors

    5.6 Evaluating Radiocarbon Age Estimates

    5.7 Implications of Radiocarbon Dating in Archaeological Studies

    6. Radiocarbon Dating in Historical Perspective

    6.1 Discovery of Radiocarbon

    6.2 Libby at Chicago

    6.3 Libby among the Archaeologists

    6.4 The Critical Period

    6.5 Knowns and Unknowns

    6.6 Radiocarbon Dating Comes of Age


    Illustration Credits


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  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1987
  • Published: June 11, 1987
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323159791

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