The archaeology of radiocarbon accelerator dating

@article{Gowlett1987TheAO,
  title={The archaeology of radiocarbon accelerator dating},
  author={J. A. J. Gowlett},
  journal={Journal of World Prehistory},
  year={1987},
  volume={1},
  pages={127-170}
}
  • J. Gowlett
  • Published 1 June 1987
  • Geology
  • Journal of World Prehistory
Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) allows radiocarbon dating to be carried out by direct counting of14C atoms, rather than the conventional counting of radioactive disintegrations. The result is that samples up to 1000 times smaller can be handled. The approach was tested in principle by 1977 and for archaeological operation by 1983. More than 2000 samples per year are now being dated worldwide. The machines can now operate to about ± 80 years or better. Dates older than 40,000 years have not… Expand
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