Radiocarbon Dating of the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition (Ca. 14-9 14C ka BP) in Terrestrial and Marine Records: The Need for New Quality Assurance Protocols
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CitationLowe, J. J., & Walker, M. J. C. (2000). Radiocarbon dating of the last glacial-interglacial transition (Ca. 14-9 14C Ka BP) in terrestrial and marine records: The need for new quality assurance protocols. Radiocarbon, 42(1), 53-68.
AbstractThe publication during the 1990s of Greenland ice-core records spanning the transition from the Last Cold Stage to the present interglacial (ca. 14-9 14C ka BP) presented new challenges to scientists working on marine and terrestrial sequences from this important time interval. In particular, there is now an overriding imperative to increase the levels of precision by which events during this period can be dated and correlated. We review some of the problems commonly encountered when using radiocarbon dating for these purposes, and consider some of the new approaches that will be required if this dating method is to provide a basis for a high precision chronology for the last glacial-interglacial transition.