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British Museum Natural Radiocarbon Measurements III

  • Harold Barker (a1) and John Mackey (a1)
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The third series of radiocarbon measurements made at the British Museum Research Laboratory is reported in the following list. Equipment and method used are as described previously (British Museum I) and, as in previous lists, the error terms are not based solely on counting statistics, but are widened to include contributions of ±80 years for possible isotopic fractionation effects and ±100 years for the de Vries effect. Ages are calculated on a half-life of 5568 ± 30 years. NBS oxalic acid is now used as a reference standard in place of 100-yr-old oak. The latter gave an age-corrected value almost exactly 95% of the oxalic-acid activity and thus no corrections are required to our previous date lists to bring them into line with the new standard.

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Bern II. Gfeller, Oeschger and Schwarz, 1961

British Museum I. Barker and Maekey, 1959

Chicago I. Arnold and Libby, 1951

Dublin I. McAulay and Watts, 1961

Pennsylvania III. Ralph, 1959

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