Radiocarbon dating of lime mortars

Pesce, Giovanni and Ball, Richard (2015) Radiocarbon dating of lime mortars. Journal of the Building Limes Forum, 22. pp. 15-24.

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Abstract

A number of studies carried out over the last forty years describe the application of the radiocarbon dating method to lime mixtures such as mortars, plasters and renders. The basic principles of this particular application of carbon dating were first suggested in a short paper published in Nature in 1964 by Labeyrie and Delibrias.

From an archaelogical point of view, the most interesting aspect of the lime-manufacturing process is that the fixation of radiocarbon within the CaCO3 structure (i.e. the hardening process of the lime) occurs approximately at the time of construction, which is the information very often sought by archaeologists when buildings are studied. This means that, potentially, radiocarbon dating of mortars can be the most reliable technique for dating old structures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: lime mortar, radiocarbon
Subjects: F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
K200 Building
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 09:02
Last Modified: 17 May 2017 02:13
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27342

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