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Workshop: Radiocarbon Dating in Archaeology

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What Demonstration/Workshop
When May 28, 2011
from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
Where A222 Fowler
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Radiocarbon Dating in Archaeology: Current Status Update

By R. E. Taylor, with participation of B. Damiata


1. Review of Basics (R.E. Taylor), 9:00 am – 10:15 am

a. Dating Model

b. Assumptions

c. Major Anomalies   

2. Current Status (R.E. Taylor), 10:30 am – 11:50 am

a. Radiocarbon calibration issues

b. Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) technology

c. Radiocarbon dating anomalies: causes and resolutions

d. Sample specific issues: Bone

e. Reservoir issues

f. Bayesian statistical approaches

3.  Lunch Break, 11:50 am – 1:00 pm

4.  Sample collection in the field and preparation in lab (B. Damiata), 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

5. Case Studies, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

a. New World-North America: Reservoir Effects and the Age of Kennewick skeleton (R.E. Taylor)

b. New World-South America: Monte Verde, Chile Anomalous 14C Dates on Mammoth Bone (R.E. Taylor)

c. Old World-Near East: Calibrated 14C Ages for 612 BCE Nineveh Human Skeletons: 180 Years Too Old ? (R.E. Taylor)

d. Radiocarbon dating at Löfkend, Albania (B. Damiata)

6.  Current Bibliography Resources (R.E. Taylor), 3:30 – 3:45 pm

7.  Discussion: COIA Faculty and Students Questions, 3:45 – 4:00 pm.

R. E. Taylor is emeritus professor of anthropology, University of California, Riverside, Cotsen Fellow, UCLA and Visiting Scientist, Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine.  He received his anthropology Ph.D. from UCLA in 1970 with his dissertation research undertaken in the UCLA Isotope Laboratory of Professor Willard Libby, Nobel Laureate for the development of the 14C dating method.



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