Accurate Dating of Organic Deposits by AMS 14C Measurement of Macrofossils
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CitationTörnqvist, T. E., De Jong, A. F., Oosterbaan, W. A., & Van Der Borg, K. (1992). Accurate dating of organic deposits by AMS 14C measurement of macrofossils. Radiocarbon, 34(3), 566-577.
DescriptionFrom the 14th International Radiocarbon Conference held in Tucson, AZ, May 20-24, 1991.
AbstractWe made a comparative study of AMS 14C ages of organic deposits (minerotrophic peats and gyttjas) and macrofossils in order to evaluate the magnitude of a number of sources of error that may be present in bulk sediment samples. The consistency of 14C ages found for coexisting macrofossils suggests that they are unlikely to record disturbances. Some of our gyttja samples yielded an age 0.2-0.6 ka 14C years too old due to hardwater effect. We also found an aging effect in several bulk samples with a high admixture of siliciclastic material; this is attributed to fluvial input of reworked, older organic debris. Rejuvenation of bulk material as a result of root contamination occurs mainly in samples overlain by slowly accumulated deposits, and particularly in samples affected by (sub)recent roots.