The following is a list of dates obtained since the compilation of List XI in December 1965. The method is essentially the same as described in that list. Two CO2-CS2 Geiger counter systems were used. Equipment and counting techniques have been described elsewhere (Crane, 1961). Dates and estimates of error in this list follow the practice recommended by the International Radiocarbon Dating Conferences of 1962 and 1965, in that (a) dates are computed on the basis of the Libby half-life, 5570 yr, (b) A.D. 1950 is used as the zero of the age scale, and (c) the errors quoted are the standard deviations obtained from the numbers of counts only. In previous Michigan date lists up to and including VII, we have quoted errors at least twice as great as the statistical errors of counting, to take account of other errors in the over-all process. If the reader wishes to obtain a standard deviation figure which will allow ample room for the many sources of error in the dating process, we suggest doubling the figures that are given in this list.
We wish to acknowledge the help of Patricia Dahlstrom in preparing chemical samples and David M. Griffin and Linda B. Halsey in preparing the descriptions.