AMS Radiocarbon Dating of Wood Samples from the Angkor Monuments, Cambodia
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CitationUchida, E., Cunin, O., Shimoda, I., Takubo, Y., & Nakagawa, T. (2008). AMS radiocarbon dating of wood samples from the Angkor monuments, Cambodia. Radiocarbon, 50(3), 437-445.
AbstractIn the Angkor monuments of Cambodia, pieces of wood remain (as head frames of doorways, crossbeams, ceiling boards, etc.) in the following 8 monuments: Bakong, Lolei, Baksei Chamkrong, North Khleang, Angkor Wat, Banteay Kdei, Bayon, and Gates of Angkor Thom. Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) radiocarbon dating carried out on 15 wood samples collected from the above 8 monuments revealed that most of the wood samples are original, except for the head frame of a doorway in Baksei Chamkrong, the ceiling boards in the northwest tower, and a crossbeam with pivot hole in the southwest tower of the Inner Gallery of Angkor Wat. The 14C age for the head frame of a doorway in the inner wall under the central tower of North Khleang supports the hypothesis that the inner walls are additions from a later period.