Thermoluminescence tl dating
Thermoluminescence Dating Thermoluminescence can be used to date materials containing crystalline minerals to a specific heating event.
This is useful for ceramics, as it determines the date of firing, as well as for lava, or even sediments that were exposed to substantial sunlight.
The major source of error in establishing dates from thermoluminescence is a consequence of inaccurate measurements of the radiation acting on a specimen.
The complex history of radioactive force on a sample can be difficult to estimate.
However, thermoluminescence proven acceptable in providing approximate dates in the absence of more exact measures.
Sources: “Dating In Exposed and Surface Contexts”, ed.: Beck, Charlotte.
University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque, NM, 1994.
The age of the pottery, in principle, may then be determined by the relation Age = Accumulated dose / Dose per year Although conceptually straightforward, TL has proven to to be far from simple in practice.