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Luminescence dating laboratory

In collaborative work with statistical specialists (Andrew Millard and Michael Goldstein) Bayesian analysis has been applied to the calculation and analysis of luminescence ages and Jeremy Disley is currently developing further the work completed by Alicia Huntriss (EPSRC CASE studentship with English Heritage).

What an archaeologist would be able to measure using this technique is the last time the vessel was heated above 500 degrees Celcius, either at the time the vessel was first fired or the last time it was heated if it was used as a cooking vessel.

In the laboratory, the release of electrons can be induced through heating or the use of a laser beam.

The work on medieval buildings, combined with an interest in instrumentation, has included collaborative work on the application of infrared thermography to the structural analysis of medieval buildings with Prof. Ian’s research students have worked on various aspects of the application of luminescence to the dating of structures and archaeological deposits.

Two recent theses have focused on the application of OSL to the dating of medieval buildings; Sophie Blain (now a postdoc at the University of Liege) investigated the use of brick in early medieval buildings in SE England and Normandy (Dual Ph D with Univ.

Scientists in North America first developed thermoluminescence dating of rock minerals in the 1950s and 1960s, and the University of Oxford, England first developed the thermoluminescence dating of fired ceramics in the 1960s and 1970s.

During the 1970s and 1980s scientists at Simon Frasier University, Canada, developed standard thermoluminescence dating procedures used to date sediments.

The intensity of the light emmisions (luminescence) can be measured to determine the amount of time that has passed since the vessel was last heated and the present laboratory heating of the vessel. Luminescence Dating of the Buctouche Spit, New Brunswick.

) of nuclear radiation is determined for every artifact through the application of artificial doses of nuclear radiation (through heating or exposure to a laser light beam) to subsamples of the artifact to scale the signal. (in press) Optical Dating: A Review for Non-Specialists.

This journal is the primary source of information for physics related aspects of these two methods, and since 1984, the journal has included Special Issues devoted to the papers of the International Conference on Luminescence and ESR Dating.

The experimental techniques developed for dating can also be applied to the measurement of radiation dose in the environment using ceramic materials, a field in which the laboratory has developed world-leading expertise.

This energy is in constant motion within the minerals or sherds.


 
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