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Bone dating at the Zagreb Radiocarbon Laboratory, Croatia

Sironić, Andreja; Krajcar Bronić, Ines; Barešić, Jadranka (2020) Bone dating at the Zagreb Radiocarbon Laboratory, Croatia. In: Miloglav, Ina, (ed.) Proceedings from the 6th Scientific Conference Methodology and Archaeometry. Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, pp. 1111-122 .

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Abstract

Bone remains can contain information of date of death, disease, nutrition habits and diet, location/movement, genealogy etc. of an individual and therefore bones represent a very interesting material for archaeological studies. Bones are composed of soft organic (collagen) and a mineral (bioapatite) tissue. Both tissues can be used for radiocarbon dating when certain conditions are satisfied. At the Zagreb Radiocarbon Laboratory, there are two techniques for radiocarbon dating: by liquid scintillation counting (LSC) and by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). The AMS technique enables dating of collagen from quite small bone fragments and also dating of bone apatite from cremated bones. Here we present our results of bone radiocarbon dating within the international radiocarbon intercomparison exercises and two case studies of 14C-AMS bone dating from two archaeological sites in Croatia: the Sokol fortress from Konavle and the St. Stephen church in Pustijerna, Dubrovnik.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item published in conference proceedings (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: radiocarbon dating; AMS; bones; cremated bones; collagen; apatite; radiocarbon intercomparison
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES
NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics > Nuclear Physics
NATURAL SCIENCES > Chemistry > Analytic Chemistry
HUMANISTIC SCIENCES > Archeology
Divisions: Division of Experimental Physics
Depositing User: Andreja Sironić
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2020 08:46
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2020 08:46
URI: http://fulir.irb.hr/id/eprint/5429
DOI: 10.17234/METARH.2019.8

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