The application of luminescence dating in American archaeology

Luminescence dating is underutilized in American archaeology given the theoretical advantages of direct dating that it confers. Recent advances in understanding the physical processes underlying the method have also made it more reliable as a dating tool. This research as well as potential applications is reviewed. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Rent this article via DeepDyve. Adams, J.

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The stability of luminescence signals stimulated by IR at elevated temperature was first investigated by Thomsen et al. Buylaert et al. Based on studies of the source of the IR stimulated luminescence signal by Murray et al. They applied this revised protocol to samples of Japanese loess, one with age control, and were unable to detect significant signal instability.

As a result of these early studies, the feldspar pIRIR signal is now widely used in dating both sand-sized extracts of K-feldspars and polymineral fine-grains Buylaert et al. Auclair et al.

pology and archeology. At sites where stratigraphic integrity can be assured and sediment mixing can be discounted, OSL dating using multi- grain aliquots may.

Silvia Leonor Lagorio. Georg Gotz. Manuel Enrique Pardo Echarte. Agnes Sachse. Gesche Laboratory. Patricia Eugenia Zalba. Fernando E. Martin Ubilla. Eunseon Jang. Laboratory Ford.

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Luminescence dating utilises energy deposited in mineral lattices by naturally occurring ionising radiation to record information encoding chronology, depositional process information, and thermal history records in ceramics, lithics, and sedimentary materials. Precision of dating varies from sample to sample, and from context to context, depending on individual sample characteristics mineralogy, luminescence sensitivity, stability and homogeneity of the radiation environment, and the quality of initial zeroing.

A well calibrated laboratory can produce accuracy at the lower end of the precision scale. For high quality work it is important that the environmental gamma dose rates are recorded in-situ at time of excavation, which is most readily facilitated by involving the dating laboratory in fieldwork. The key importance of luminescence dating within Scottish Archaeology lies in the nature of the events represented by the various dating materials. In this respect, and in extending the range of dating materials and questions available, there have significant developments in recent years, and more can be anticipated.

Scientists in North America first developed thermoluminescence dating of What an archaeologist would be able to measure using this technique is the last.

The field of Luminescence Dating has reached a level of maturity. Both research and applications from all fields of archaeological science, from archaeological materials to anthropology and geoarchaeology, now routinely employ luminescence dating. The advent of optically stimulated luminescence OSL techniques and the potential for exploring a spectrum of grain aliquots enhanced the applicability, accuracy and the precision of luminescence dating.

The present contribution reviews the physical basis, mechanisms and methodological aspects of luminescence dating; discusses advances in instrumentations and facilities, improvements in analytical procedures, and statistical treatment of data along with some examples of applications across continents, covering all periods Middle Palaeolithic to Medieval and both Old and New World archaeology. They also include interdisciplinary applications that contribute to palaeo-landscape reconstruction.

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Portable Spectrofluorimeter for non-invasive analysis of cultural heritage artworks using LED sources. Luminescence spectroscopy – Spatially resolved luminescence – Time resolved luminescence – Electron spin resonance ESR. Flint and heated rocks – Ceramics and pottery – Unheated rock surfaces – Tooth enamel and quartz grains – Sediment dating.

LexEva is a newly released evaluation software developed for analysis in luminescence research and dating. Archaeological sites often contain teeth from animals or humans or the site is contained in quartz bearing sediment.

The Southern High Plains of North America is rich in archaeological sites, but A program of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating, applying mainly.

Luminescence dating including thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence is a type of dating methodology that measures the amount of light emitted from energy stored in certain rock types and derived soils to obtain an absolute date for a specific event that occurred in the past. The method is a direct dating technique , meaning that the amount of energy emitted is a direct result of the event being measured.

Better still, unlike radiocarbon dating , the effect luminescence dating measures increases with time. As a result, there is no upper date limit set by the sensitivity of the method itself, although other factors may limit the method’s feasibility. To put it simply, certain minerals quartz, feldspar, and calcite , store energy from the sun at a known rate. This energy is lodged in the imperfect lattices of the mineral’s crystals. Heating these crystals such as when a pottery vessel is fired or when rocks are heated empties the stored energy, after which time the mineral begins absorbing energy again.

TL dating is a matter of comparing the energy stored in a crystal to what “ought” to be there, thereby coming up with a date-of-last-heated.

1.4 Luminescence dating in archaeology

This paper aims to provide an overview concerning the optically stimulated luminescence OSL dating method and its applications for geomorphological research in France. An outline of the general physical principles of luminescence dating is given. A case study of fluvial sands from the lower terrace of the Moselle valley is then presented to describe the range of field and laboratory procedures required for successful luminescence dating.

thermoluminescene (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) method of dating artifacts, material culture of archaeological and geoarchaeological.

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Optically stimulated luminescence dating of Southern High Plains archaeological sites

Perhaps the most important task of archaeology is providing a chronology for the material remains that are recovered. Any statements about how and why cultures have changed in the past are predicated on an accurate and precise chronology. Archaeologists have utilized an array of physical methods for determining age, most commonly radiocarbon dating.

Luminescence dating, which is widely used in Europe, has seen less use in American Archaeology.

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The Luminescence Dating and Dosimetry Laboratory is developing new techniques for application to the dating of artefacts and deposits from sites that range widely in terms of chronological period, geographic location and material type. Recent work as focused on optically stimulated luminescence OSL techniques, in particular a novel experimental approach to the measurement of single grain OSL.

A study produced, for the first time, absolute dates for a range of brick stupas located within the hinterland of Anuradhapura , contributing to the further development of a brick monument chronology for the region. Ongoing work is examining whether unfired clay bricks from various sites can be dated accurately. OSL techniques are being applied to date sediment sequences in stratigraphic contexts associated with irrigation systems.

In the absence of suitable organic samples for C dating, these systems are very difficult to date.

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Luminescence dating depends on the ability of minerals to store energy in the form of trapped charge carriers when exposed to ionising radiation. Stimulation of the system, by heat in the case of thermoluminescence TL , or by light in the case of photo-stimulated luminescence PSL , or optically stimulated luminescence OSL. Following an initial zeroing event, for example heating of ceramics and burnt stones, or optical bleaching of certain classes of sediments, the system acquires an increasing luminescence signal in response to exposure to background sources of ionising radiation.

Luminescence dating is based on quantifying both the radiation dose received by a sample since its zeroing event, and the dose rate which it has experienced during the accumulation period. The technique can be applied to a wide variety of heated materials, including archaeological ceramics, burnt stones, burnt flints, and contact-heated soils and sediments associated with archaeological or natural events.

Optically bleached materials of interest to quaternary science include aeolian, fluvial, alluvial, and marine sediments.

This technique, known as thermoluminescence, was originally developed in the s and s to date fired archaeological materials like.

Luminescence dating is an absolute radiometric method of determining the age of a material since a key event in its history – typically burial in the case of sediments or firing in the case of ceramics or burnt stone. When a geological sediment is buried, the effects of the incoming solar radiation are removed. With this bleaching effect removed, the influence, albeit often weak, of naturally-occurring radioactive elements primarily potassium, uranium and thorium within the sediment together with incoming cosmic rays results in the accumulation of a signal within individual mineral grains most commonly quartz and feldspars.

It is this signal that is the key to luminescence dating techniques. Given an estimate of the rate of received ionizing radiation the dose rate, or D , and knowing the total accumulated dose the palaeodose; designated D E it is possible to derive an age since burial. This is obtained from the formula:. This accumulated signal results in luminescence i. Stimulation can be achieved by heating thermoluminescence or TL or exposure to light optically-stimulated luminescence or OSL. Luminescence dating has been applied depending on conditions from sediments ranging from 10 – 10 6 , although more commonly the upper limit is ka.

It has been applied to aeolian, fluvial, lacustrine, glaciogenic, coastal and marine applications, in addition to a wide range of research in archaeology and art antiquity. We use a range of sampling techniques in the field. Where possible, sediment exposures with visible stratigraphy are used or created. In addition or where exposures are not present, sampling can be carried out using an auger to drill through deep sedimentary sections. A hydraulic drive with a range of different heads can be used in conjunction with hand auguring to punch through calcrete or silcrete layers within the landform of interest.

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