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There is a growing need for an interdisciplinary interaction between specialists in the natural and human sciences. Rapid developments in scientific techniques and methods have already increased the existing gaps in communication between the two types of scientist, especially in the fields of archaeology, anthropology and geology. In order to meet this need and to review the current state of knowledge in scientific dating methods, the CEC's JRC-Ispra, in collaboration with the GSF Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit, Munich, invited internationally recognised experts to describe and discuss the principles of different methods, sampling, limitations, applicability, statistical evaluation and accuracy. A major application of each method is presented in this book by comparing it with other dating methods. Part I of the book contains the most frequently used methods based on radioactive decay, i.e. radiocarbon, potassium-argon, uranium series and fission-track dating. In Part II, methods based on energy deposition of solids are presented by covering thermal and optical luminescence methods. Part III describes methods based on natural rhythmic and chemical changes.

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Authors: GÖKSU H Y, GSF-Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit GmbH, Neuherberg (DE);REGULLA D, GSF-Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit GmbH, Neuherberg (DE);OBERHOFER M (EDITORS), JRC Ispra (IT);GOKSU H Y, GSF-Forschungszentrum fur Umwelt und Gesundheit GmbH, Neuherberg (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13528 EN (1991) 317 pp.
Availability: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, P.O. Box 322, 3300 AH Dordrecht (NL)
ISBN: ISBN 0-7923-1461-1
Record Number: 199210050 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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