• Calibrated 14C Dates in Central Europe - Same as Elsewhere?

      Freundlich, J. C.; Schmidt, Burghart (American Journal of Science, 1983-01-01)
      14C dating results derived from an absolutely-dated 471-year tree-ring sequence from central European oak show a trend towards somewhat older dates than those for bristlecone pine tree rings of the same age, but similar to those for Egyptian historical samples. Differences visible between these trend lines are not relevant considering the standard errors proposed by Clark (1975).
    • Current 14C Measurements with the University of Washington Accelerator Facility for Radioisotope Dating

      Farwell, G. W.; Grootes, P. M.; Leach, D. D.; Schmidt, F. H.; Stuiver, Minze (American Journal of Science, 1983-01-01)
      Our accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) system shows a one-to-one relationship between sample 14C concentrations determined by AMS and by Beta-counting. Measurements of unknown samples against a standard indicate that 14C concentration measurements to better than 2% can be made. For a 30-second data collection interval in a typical run of 100 intervals, the variability of the beam injected into the accelerator is ca 2%, that of the machine transmission is ca 4%, and counting statistics give 4.7% standard deviation for a sample of 80% of modern carbon.
    • Radiocarbon Dating in the Arctic Region

      Olsson, Ingrid U. (American Journal of Science, 1983-01-01)
    • Sample Chemistry for the Oxford High Energy Mass Spectrometer

      Gillespie, Richard; Hedges, Robert E. M. (American Journal of Science, 1983-01-01)
      Chemical pretreatment procedures for the decontamination, extraction, and isolation of organic materials for 14C dating using the Oxford accelerator system are described. Specific details are given for the isolation and chromatographic purification of amino acids from bone and tooth collagen, of lipids from sediments, and of cellulose and glucose from wood, paper, and textiles. A description is also given of the apparatus used for the routine preparation of 1 to 5mg graphite samples on tantalum wire, for use in the accelerator ion source. The high energy mass spectrometer (HEMS) approach to 14C dating allows the use of very small samples in the low milligram range. Sample pretreatment and decontamination procedures can be both more vigorous and more selective than those used by conventional dating laboratories. Specific chemical compounds can be isolated from archaeologic or geologic samples; such compounds may be characteristic of particular source materials and, hence, provide more detailed information than is generally possible using bulk organic samples. The Oxford Radiocarbon Unit has concentrated on three sample types that represent the kind of material we expect to work on initially: bone, lake sediment, and wood.
    • The Reliability of Archaeologic Interpretation of Radiocarbon Dates

      Willkomm, Horst (American Journal of Science, 1983-01-01)
      14C dates of a medieval settlement with archaeologically well-dated strata are compared with the true ages of the respective layers. The 14C values indicate that each layer may contain older material reaching up to the beginning of settlement. Therefore, the 14C measurement of only a few wood or charcoal samples may lead to age estimations several hundred years too old.