Dating the humans by radiocarbon

Fedi, M. E. (2011) Dating the humans by radiocarbon. Il nuovo cimento C, 34 (1). pp. 111-120. ISSN 1826-9885

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Radiocarbon has become a very powerful tool used for dating. This paper deals with a specific application of 14C, i.e. dating of humans. Attention is focused on those aspects that, if neglected, might lead to a misinterpretation of the results or to an unsatisfying accuracy of the measurement. After a brief description of the main principles on which the radiocarbon method is based and of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, examples taken from the research activity of INFN-LABEC (Laboratorio di Tecniche Nucleari per i Beni Culturali) in Florence are presented. The case of the relics of St. Francis represents an example of dating not directly human remains but other objects that can be associated to them. The case of two burials from the archaeological area of Baratti-Populonia, in Tuscany, gives the possibility to show the importance of estimating the human palaeodiet when dating bone samples.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mass spectrometry (including SIMS, multiphoton ionization and resonance ionization mass spectrometry, MALDI) ; Other topics in areas of applied and interdisciplinary physics
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 530 Fisica
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 15:16
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2020 15:16

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