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Fluvially transported charcoal gives erroneous 14C ages for recent deposits

Journal Article


Abstract


  • IN carbon dating of material included in fluviatile deposits, it is usually assumed that either there is little age difference between the dateable material and the fluvial deposit, or that the 14C sample and the deposit in which it is contained are sufficiently old for the age difference to be of little consequence. We report here on how a series of dates on charcoal from the bed of the Macdonald River, New South Wales, Australia, casts doubt on these assumptions and indicates that serious errors can occur in relating the radiocarbon ages of charcoal samples to the fluvial deposits in which they lie. © 1978 Nature Publishing Group.

UOW Authors


  •   Gillespie, Dizzy (external author)

Publication Date


  • 1978

Published In


Citation


  • Blong, R. J., & Gillespie, R. (1978). Fluvially transported charcoal gives erroneous 14C ages for recent deposits. Nature, 271(5647), 739-741. doi:10.1038/271739a0

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0017877788

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 739

End Page


  • 741

Volume


  • 271

Issue


  • 5647

Abstract


  • IN carbon dating of material included in fluviatile deposits, it is usually assumed that either there is little age difference between the dateable material and the fluvial deposit, or that the 14C sample and the deposit in which it is contained are sufficiently old for the age difference to be of little consequence. We report here on how a series of dates on charcoal from the bed of the Macdonald River, New South Wales, Australia, casts doubt on these assumptions and indicates that serious errors can occur in relating the radiocarbon ages of charcoal samples to the fluvial deposits in which they lie. © 1978 Nature Publishing Group.

UOW Authors


  •   Gillespie, Dizzy (external author)

Publication Date


  • 1978

Published In


Citation


  • Blong, R. J., & Gillespie, R. (1978). Fluvially transported charcoal gives erroneous 14C ages for recent deposits. Nature, 271(5647), 739-741. doi:10.1038/271739a0

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0017877788

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 739

End Page


  • 741

Volume


  • 271

Issue


  • 5647