A 23-Year Retrospective Blind Check of Accuracy of the Copenhagen Radiocarbon Dating System
Keywordscarbon 14 dating laboratory
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CitationRasmussen, K. L., Tauber, H., Bonde, N., Christensen, K., & Theodórsson, P. (1999). A 23-year retrospective blind check of accuracy of the Copenhagen radiocarbon dating system. Radiocarbon, 41(1), 9-15.
AbstractA 23-yr record of the measuring accuracy of the Copenhagen radiocarbon dating laboratory has retrospectively been provided through a true blind test. A total of 92 samples of oak from old tree trunks were dated in the period 1971 to 1993 and their dendrochronological age determined independently. The 14C activity of the dendrochronological samples measured in the Copenhagen radiocarbon laboratory was compared to the activity of the tree rings of the same age measured by Stuiver and Pearson (1993) for calibration purposes. The average difference was found to be 54 +/72 14C yr. The results further indicate that the actual standard deviation is only 7% higher than that quoted by the laboratory. The investigation has shown a long-term stability of laboratory accuracy with no systematic laboratory variations either with respect to sample age or to the time of measurement from 1971 to 1993.