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Radiocarbon Dating Bones Contaminated with PVA

Published on August 29, 2013

Bones contaminated with polyvinyl acetate (PVA) require specialized pretreatment, such as solvent extractions, before radiocarbon dating. The success of the dating also varies if the bone has been soaked in PVA or if the PVA ... Read More

GSTF Invites Geologists to Join GEOS 2013 in Thailand

Published on August 6, 2013

The Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF) invites geologists and other researchers focused on the earth sciences to participate in the 2nd Annual International Conference on Geological and Earth Sciences (GEOS 2013) to be held on ... Read More

Beta Analytic Q&A: Is it Possible to Date Fired Clay Bricks?

Published on July 1, 2013

It is possible to date fired clay bricks, but it depends on how the bricks were manufactured and what types of contamination may have been absorbed into the bricks since they were put in place. We recommend ... Read More

Beta Analytic Q&A: Can Sand be Dated?

Published on June 24, 2013

Just like sediment, it is better to date the macrofossils found in sand. In the absence of macrofossils, sand can be dated if there is an organic material on the surface of the sand. ... Read More

Beta Analytic Q&A: Can Mixtures of Materials be Dated?

Published on June 18, 2013

What if there are several materials found in sediment (e.g. wood, charcoal, seeds) but each one does not meet the lab's minimum sample size requirement, can a mixture of materials be dated? The first thing to do ... Read More