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Dating: The Radiocarbon Way

Synopsis
What is carbon 14? What is a radiocarbon date? Is it the same as a calendar date? What does radiocarbon dating measure and why does it take a long time? How does an accelerator mass spectrometer measure carbon isotopes? What can you date with radiocarbon? This film features Dr. Christine Prior of GNS Science’s Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory in New Zealand, explaining how accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) radiocarbon dating is done at their lab. Dr. Prior explains the principles of radiometric dating and follows a sample through the process.. (10 minutes)
Language
English
Country
New Zealand
Year of release
2010
Year of production
2010
Subjects
Archaeology; Chemistry; Physics
Keywords
archaeological investigation; mass spectrometry; radiocarbon dating

Online availability

URI
http://www.archaeologychannel.org/
Price
fr4ee
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
Christine Prior

Production Company

Name

GNS Science

Distributor

Name

Archaeology Channel, The

Contact
Richard Pettigrew (president and director)
Web
http://www.archaeologychannel.org External site opens in new window
Notes
The Archaeology Channel is one of the initiatives of the US-based Archaeological Legacy Institute. The marketplace section of the Channel’s website sells a range of DVDs on archaeological topics. The site also streams documentaries in their entirety, free of charge. American archaeology is strongly represented but the extensive collection also covers worldwide content. Audio commentaries and interviews with archaeologists are also available free online .

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