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Radiocarbon Dating of Prehistoric Shell from New Zealand and Calculation of the δr Value Using Fish Otoliths

  • T. F. G. Higham (a1) and A. G. Hogg (a1)

Abstract

We calculated a new ∆R for New Zealand waters using 14C dates of historic shell previously presented by McFadgen and Manning (1990), and fish otoliths dated by Kalish (1993). We obtained a new estimate of −25 ± 15 14C yr. To test the accuracy of this value for correcting conventional 14C marine ages, we dated shell of a variety of different species excavated at the prehistoric site of Shag Mouth, North Otago. We compared the results with a pooled mean date for terrestrial samples and calculated a local ∆R value that we found statistically indistinguishable from the new ∆R estimate for New Zealand.

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