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CitationHajdas, I., Trumm, J., Bonani, G., Biechele, C., Maurer, M., & Wacker, L. (2012). Roman ruins as an experiment for radiocarbon dating of mortar. Radiocarbon, 54(3-4), 897-903.
AbstractThe remains of Vindonissa, the Roman legionary camp in Switzerland, have been the subject of extensive archaeological studies. Knowledge of the building time plays a role in reconstructions of the history of this site. We radiocarbon dated mortar samples selected from one of the Roman monuments (Westtor) as well as a nearby Medieval monastery. 14C ages obtained on the first fraction and second fraction of very short dissolution appear close to the expected Roman age of ~2000 BP, while the monastery is dated to historic times, after AD 1308.