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Variation in the radiocarbon age of different fractions of peat: a case study from Ahrenshöft, northern Germany

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Peat is notoriously difficult to radiocarbon date as it is composed of a heterogeneous mix of organic materials of different radiocarbon ages and at different stages of humification. Different chemical fractions (most frequently humin and humic acid) have been observed to yield significantly different radiocarbon ages from some peat deposits. Here we present humin and humic acid dates on a range of grain-size fractions of peat from the open-air archaeological site of Ahrenshöft LA 58 D, north...

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University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
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University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Quaternary Geochronology Journal website
Volume:
6
Issue:
6
Pages:
550-555
Publication date:
2011-12-05
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ISSN:
1871-1014
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uuid:b5cee5d1-c231-4254-961f-d003d94be5df
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1363
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daisy:1363

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