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Naturwissenschaften

, Volume 89, Issue 8, pp 371–375 | Cite as

Spatially resolved detection of luminescence: a unique tool for archaeochronometry

  • Steffen Greilich
  • Ulrich A. Glasmacher
  • Günther A. Wagner
Short Communication

Abstract.

Archaeochronometry uses luminescence dating to reveal ages of sediments and artefacts. Uncertainties in luminescence ages are partly related to the dating procedure, which uses grain separates. This is particularly true for stone surfaces, which require an imaging method for luminescence detection. Here we present the development of a novel luminescence device with high spatial resolution as well as signal-to-noise ratio and data processing software that now allows us to determine palaeodoses and potentially the dose-rate for cut sections of rocks and artefacts. The determination of the luminescence age of single mineral grains within sections and even of selected zones within grains becomes feasible, opening up a wide field of new applications.

Keywords

Data Processing High Spatial Resolution Imaging Method Processing Software Wide Field 
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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steffen Greilich
    • 1
  • Ulrich A. Glasmacher
    • 1
  • Günther A. Wagner
    • 1
  1. 1.Forschungsstelle Archäometrie der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften am Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Postfach 103980, 69029 Heidelberg, Germany

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