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Radiocarbon: present and future perspectives on quality assurance

  • E. M. Scott (a1), M. S. Baxter (a2), D. D. Harkness (a3), T. C. Aitchison (a1) and G. T. Cook (a2)...
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Radiocarbon age measurements from the recent International Collaborative Study (ICS) (Scott et al. 1988), have confirmed significant discrepancies among dating laboratories, noted by the earlier ISG study of 1982. A full report will appear in a special issue of Radiocarbon (volume 32, 1990). This paper gives an immediate synopsis of the ISG and ICS conclusions, their implications and the resultant proposals by the international 14C dating community for a formal scheme of quality assurance to address analytical problems – all matters the archaeological community needs to be aware of.

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Currie, L.A. & Polach., H.A. 1980. Exploratory analysis of the international radiocarbon cross-calibration data: consensus values and inter-laboratory error, Radiocarbon 22(3): 9335.
ISG (International Study Group). 1982. An inter-laboratory comparison of radiocarbon measurements in tree-rings, Nature 198: 61923.
ISG (International Study Group).1983. An international tree-ring replicate study in 14C and archaeology, PACT 8: 12333.
Scott, E.M., Baxter, M.S., Harkness, D.D., Aitchison, T.C. & Cook, G.T.. 1990a. >Recent progress in the international calibration of radiocarbon labs. To appear in proceedings of the conference on Archaeology and Radiocarbon Dating, Groningen, 1987.
Scott, E.M. 1990b. An interim progress report on stages 1 and 2 of the International Collaborative Programme. To appear in Radiocarbon, Proceedings of the 13th International Radiocarbon Conference Dubrov-nik, 1988.
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Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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