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Hydroxyproline Dating: Experiments on the 14C Analysis of Contaminated and Low-Collagen Bones

  • Anat Marom (a1), James S O McCullagh (a2), Thomas F G Higham (a1) and Robert E M Hedges (a1)

Abstract

Dating of the amino acid hydroxyproline from bone collagen has been shown to produce accurate and reliable radiocarbon dates. This article presents further application of the method demonstrating it can be used to obtain dates for both low-collagen and contaminated bones, extending the capability of 14C dating archaeological bone from conventional limits imposed by alternative pretreatment methods. The method therefore has the potential for significantly benefiting the accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) dating community in the 14C dating of archaeological bone.

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Corresponding author. Email: anat.marom-rotem@weizmann.ac.il.

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Current address: Kimmel Centre for Archaeological Science, Weizmann Institute of Sciences, POB 26, Rehovot 76100, Israel.

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