In partnership with Norton Priory Museum & Gardens and supported by funding from the Arts Council England, they will develop a new technique which will make it quicker and easier to date archaeological finds.
Radiocarbon dating is used to determine the age of ancient objects by
means of measuring the amount of carbon-14 remaining in a sample.
However it is an expensive process which takes place offsite and
typically takes six weeks or more which means that an excavation is
likely to be over before the important dating information can be
The new technology uses a quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) which
will reduce the time it takes to obtain data for a bone sample to just
Significantly the technology can also be utilised onsite, and this is the first time this has been attempted. [...] news.liv.ac.uk via
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