Pollen Concentrate Preparation from Highly Organic Holocene Peat and Lake Deposits for AMS Dating
accelerator mass spectroscopy
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CitationRichardson, F., & Hall, V. A. (1994). Pollen concentrate preparation from highly organic Holocene peat and lake deposits for AMS dating. Radiocarbon, 36(3), 407-412.
AbstractMany of the problems inherent with conventional 14C dating of lake and peat deposits are eliminated by AMS dating of pollen concentrates. Published work describes production of pollen concentrates through expulsion of most of the deposit matrix by repeated deflocculation, selective sieving and final retention of the largest subfossil pollen taxa. Less suited to pollen concentrate production are the highly organic peats and lake muds from the British Isles and Europe. In this study we tested the combined effectiveness of physical, chemical and microbiological degradation and elimination techniques for pollen concentrate production on highly organic peats and a lake mud. We also reviewed methods of enhancing concentrations of smaller sub-fossil pollen grains. Here we present a novel method of assessing AMS dating precision of pollen concentrates by comparing their calibrated dates with a volcanic event of known historical age.