Radiocarbon dating, reservoir effects, and calibration

A. J Timothy Jull, George S. Burr, Gregory W L Hodgins

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Abstract

We summarize how radiocarbon measurements are made using accelerator mass spectrometry. We also discuss some complications inherent in the radiocarbon-dating method when calibrating radiocarbon dates to calendar dates. For example, measurements of radiocarbon (14C) in some types of materials are complicated by a "reservoir effect", caused by an apparent age of the source reservoir that differs from the contemporary atmospheric surface 14C value. In other cases, mobile carbon sources in nature can produce mixed sources of carbon. We explore these effects and discuss their possible implications for 14C measurements and how we can deal with them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-71
Number of pages8
JournalQuaternary International
Volume299
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 19 2013

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Jull, A. J Timothy ; Burr, George S. ; Hodgins, Gregory W L. / Radiocarbon dating, reservoir effects, and calibration. In: Quaternary International. 2013 ; Vol. 299. pp. 64-71.
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