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Luminescence Dating in Archaeology, Anthropology, and Geoarchaeology

An Overview

Liritzis, I., Singhvi, A.K., Feathers, J.K., Wagner, G.A., Kadereit, A., Zacharias, N., Li, S.-H.

2013, VII, 70 p. 10 illus., 5 illus. in color.

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  • Fully detailed overview of the applications of luminescence dating in archaeology & geoarchaeology
  • Young researchers find a robust, adequate, up to date reference work
  • Various disciplines (archaeology, geography, palaeoclimate, anthropology, physics, geology) get triggered by the potentiality of luminescence chronology
The field of Luminescence Dating has reached a level of maturity. Both research and applications from all fields of archaeological science, from archaeological materials to anthropology and geoarchaeology, now routinely employ luminescence dating. The advent of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) techniques and the potential for exploring a spectrum of grain aliquots enhanced the applicability, accuracy and the precision of luminescence dating. The present contribution reviews the physical basis, mechanisms and methodological aspects of luminescence dating; discusses advances in instrumentations and facilities, improvements in analytical procedures, and statistical treatment of data along with some examples of applications across continents, covering all periods (Middle Palaeolithic to Medieval) and both Old and New World archaeology.  They also include interdisciplinary applications that contribute to palaeo-landscape reconstruction.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Archaeology - Luminescence Dating - Medieval - OSL - Optically Stimulated Luminescence - Palaeo-Landscape - Palaeolithic - Paleoanthropology

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Earth System Sciences - Optics & Lasers

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