Direct radiocarbon dating of prehistoric cave paintings by accelerator mass spectrometry

@article{Valladas2003DirectRD,
  title={Direct radiocarbon dating of prehistoric cave paintings by accelerator mass spectrometry},
  author={H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Valladas},
  journal={Measurement Science and Technology},
  year={2003},
  volume={14},
  pages={1487 - 1492}
}
Advances in radiocarbon dating by accelerator mass spectrometry now make it possible to date prehistoric cave paintings by sampling the pigment itself instead of relying on dates derived from miscellaneous prehistoric remains recovered in the vicinity of the paintings. Presented below are some radiocarbon dates obtained at the ‘Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement’ for charcoal used in the execution of prehistoric paintings decorating two French caves: Cosquer and Chauvet… 

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