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Radiocarbon Dating and the Protection of Cultural Heritage

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 September 2019

Irka Hajdas*
Affiliation:
Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
A J Timothy Jull
Affiliation:
University of Arizona, Department of Geosciences, Tucson, Arizona, USA Institute for Nuclear Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Debrecen, Hungary University of Arizona, AMS Laboratory, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Eric Huysecom
Affiliation:
Laboratory Archaeology and Population in Africa, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Anne Mayor
Affiliation:
Laboratory Archaeology and Population in Africa, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Marc-André Renold
Affiliation:
Art-Law Centre, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Hans-Arno Synal
Affiliation:
Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Christine Hatté
Affiliation:
LSCE ‐ UMR 8212 CEA CNRS UVSQ ‐ UniversitéParis Saclay ‐ Gif‐sur‐Yvette, France
Wan Hong
Affiliation:
Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), Daejeon, Republic of Korea
David Chivall
Affiliation:
University of Oxford, Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, Oxford, UK
Lucile Beck
Affiliation:
Laboratoire de Mesure du Carbone 14, LSCE, Université Paris-Saclay, Gif sur Yvette, France
Lucia Liccioli
Affiliation:
INFN Sezione di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Mariaelena Fedi
Affiliation:
INFN Sezione di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Ronny Friedrich
Affiliation:
Curt-Engelhorn-Center Archaeometrie, Mannheim, Germany
Francesco Maspero
Affiliation:
Laboratorio di Archeometria, Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali, Università di Milano Bicocca, Italy
Tiberiu Sava
Affiliation:
Horia Hulubei ‐ National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH), Bucharest, Romania
*
*Corresponding author. Email: hajdas@phys.ethz.ch.

Abstract

The modern antiquities market uses radiocarbon (14C) dating to screen for forged objects. Although this fact shows the potential and power of the method, the circumstances where it is applied can be questionable and call for our attention. Here we present an outline of a call to radiocarbon laboratories for due diligence and best practice approaches to the analysis of antique objects requested by non-research clients.

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© 2019 by the Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of the University of Arizona 

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Footnotes

Selected Papers from the 23rd International Radiocarbon Conference, Trondheim, Norway, 17–22 June, 2018

References

Gerstenblith, P. 2008. 2007 cultural heritage legal summary. Journal of Field Archaeology 33: 102110.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Huysecom, E, Hajdas, I, Renold, M-A, Synal, H-A, Mayor, A. 2017. The “enhancement” of cultural heritage by AMS dating: Ethical questions and practical proposals. Radiocarbon 59(2):559563.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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