• AMS Dating of Pollen Concentrates—a Methodological Study of Late Quaternary Sediments from South Westland, New Zealand

      Vandergoes, Marcus J.; Prior, Christine A. (Department of Geosciences, The University of Arizona, 2003-01-01)
      A simple method for preparing pollen concentrates for 14C AMS dating is applied to organic and inorganic deposits from a peat bog in south Westland, New Zealand, from which preliminary AMS dating indicated age inversions and severe younger carbon contamination problems. The AMS ages of the pollen concentrates provided consistently older age estimates for each sample than ages derived from their respective organic residue or combined pollen and organic residue fractions. It is likely that the younger age estimates of the organic residue fractions result from the incorporation of younger plant material into the sample and possible contamination from younger humic acids percolating through the site.