Radiocarbon determinations luminescence dating and australian archaeology


As for sand formations light sensitive traps are emptied by daylight exposure while sand is transported to the formation from where it has been earlier.Later when formation builds up the sand in lower parts covers from sunlight and the emptying of light sensitive traps ends.We describe a rapid OSL methodology for dating burnt hearth stones to complement previously applied radiocarbon methods, which we have tested using 37 samples from hearths with radiocarbon determinations.We propose a geoarchaeological model in which these hearths were constructed by people whose activity took place on an archaeological surface, formed by the earlier deposition of fluvial sediments.Electrons can be released from traps by stimulating the crystals with external energy for example by heating (thermoluminescence, TL) or by lighting (optically stimulated luminescence, OSL).



Luminescence dating methods are specifically used in geology and archaeology.OSL-method can be used for example when dating sand formations.In both methods the main idea is that the traps are emptied at the specific time we are searching for.Bioluminescence, fluorescence, and phosphorescence are examples of luminescence that can be produced by biological or chemical processes.

Luminescence is a phenomenon occurring in crystal materials, when electrons, trapped in special energy stages (traps) caused by defects in crystal structures, are released and emitting light (luminescence) which wavelength corresponds the change in charge carriers energy stages during the process.

Using single grains, we note some problems in the application of the FMM and in the dating of young samples in the range of 1–100 years.



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