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International Collaborative Study: Structuring and Sample Preparation

  • G T Cook (a1), D D Harkness (a2), B F Miller (a2), E M Scott (a3), M S Baxter (a1) and T C Aitchison (a3)...

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The success of any intercomparison exercise depends largely on participation and cooperation of a sufficient number of laboratories and the selection of a suitable suite of samples. Unless the latter is satisfactorily devised, the former cannot be guaranteed. The hierarchical nature of this study has necessarily resulted in a far more comprehensive set of sample types than has previously been employed. The exercise was structured to satisfy the following criteria: 1) to enable the participating laboratories to assess the experimental precision and accuracy of the component stages of the dating process; 2) samples should be typical of those routinely dated by the laboratories. This takes on a particular significance in Stage 1 where they should resemble as closely as possible the counting medium; 3) an objective statistical analysis of the results at each component stage of the study.

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Harkness, DD, Cook, GT, Miller, BF, Scott, EM and Baxter, MS 1989 Design and preparation of samples for the international collaborative study. in Long, A and Kra, RS, eds, Internatl 14C conf, 13th, Proc. Radiocarbon 31(3): 407413.
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International Collaborative Study: Structuring and Sample Preparation

  • G T Cook (a1), D D Harkness (a2), B F Miller (a2), E M Scott (a3), M S Baxter (a1) and T C Aitchison (a3)...

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