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The reliability of nitrogen content (%N) and carbon:nitrogen atomic ratios (C:N) as indicators of collagen preservation suitable for radiocarbon dating

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A recent study into prescreening techniques to identify bones suitable for radiocarbon dating from sites known for poor or variable preservation (Brock et al. 2007, 2010a) found that the percent nitrogen (%N) content of whole bone powder was the most reliable indicator of collagen preservation. Measurement of %N is rapid, requires little preparation or material, and is relatively cheap. The technique reduces the risk of needlessly sampling valuable archaeological objects, as well as saving ti...

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Peer reviewed
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10.2458/azu_js_rc.v54i3–4.16160

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Archaeology,School of - Archaeology & the History of Art,Research Laboratory for
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Archaeology,School of - Archaeology & the History of Art,Research Laboratory for
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University of Arizona Publisher's website
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Radiocarbon Journal website
Volume:
54
Issue:
3-4
Pages:
677–688
Publication date:
2012
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uuid:914964b7-21f3-49e6-9479-d9619c2f2f3c
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1368
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daisy:1368

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