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Author: Mejdahl, V.;Wintle, A.G.
Editor: Horowitz, Yigal S.
Title Article/Chapter: "Thermoluminescence applied to age determination in archaeology and geology"
Title of Source: Thermoluminescence and thermoluminescent dosimetry
Publisher/Distributor: CRC Press. Inc.
Publisher/Distributor Address: 2000 Corporate Boulevard, N.W.
Publisher/Distributor City: Boca Raton
Publisher/Distributor Postal Code: 33431
AATA Number: 22-43
Volume Number: 3
Page Numbers: 133-190
Collation: tables, figs., refs.
Language Text: English
Subject Keywords English: Dating archaeology;Dating thermoluminescence AATA
Subject Label: Dating
Abstract: Thermoluminescent (TL) dating is used on non-pottery materials, including burnt flints and stones, calcareous deposits, volcanic lavas, and geological sediments. The development of new TL dosimeters and new detectors for radioactivity measurements has increased the ability to measure accurately the dose rate experienced by the samples today. The new techniques have led to a greater awareness of the effect of changes in the radiation environment of the past. Recognition of the limitations of the TL technique, in particular, with regard to the errors inherent in the large number of measurements which must be made to obtain a TL date, has led to a realistic evaluation of the use of TL in archaeology, involving focusing on problems and periods for which the accuracy attainable (five to eight percent) is adequate. During the last ten years growing emphasis has been placed on dating of older archaeological materials such as flint, stones, and calcite. Within the last two years there has been a ten-fold expansion in the application of TL to the dating of unheated sediments. See also AATA Vol. 10, Abstract No. 41, PARIS No. 94249 and Vol. 22, Abstract No. 58, PARIS No. 70062 for related papers. -- AATA
Originating Institution: AATA
Record Type: Abstract
Literature Type: Monograph
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Old BCIN Number: 70047
BCIN Number: 39511