, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 352–360 | Cite as

Luminescence dating of bricks from the gothic Saint James Church in Toruń

  • Alicja Chruścińska
  • Anna Cicha
  • Natalia Kijek
  • Piotr Palczewski
  • Krzysztof R. Przegiętka
  • Krystyna Sulkowska-Tuszyńska


Saint James Church in Toruń is one of the most important gothic monuments in Poland. The date of the beginning of its construction is known from historical reports but the earlier history of the site remains undiscovered. During the archaeological excavations in years 2010 and 2011 five brick samples were collected for luminescence dating as well as four additional samples from the brick surroundings for the dose rate estimation. The equivalent dose was determined by TL and OSL methods. The TL results differ significantly from the OSL results but the last ones are verified by historical knowledge and radiocarbon dating. Establishing the dose rate from gamma rays needs a special attention because of the complex course of the foundations of the church. The details of the applied approach are presented in the current work. The results obtained indicate that a solid brick construction existed at the site of the presbytery of the Saint James Church before it was build.


dating bricks optically stimulated luminescence thermoluminescence annual dose 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alicja Chruścińska
    • 1
  • Anna Cicha
    • 2
  • Natalia Kijek
    • 1
  • Piotr Palczewski
    • 1
  • Krzysztof R. Przegiętka
    • 1
  • Krystyna Sulkowska-Tuszyńska
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Physics, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and InformaticsNicolaus Copernicus UniversityToruńPoland
  2. 2.Institute of Archaeology, Faculty of HistoryNicolaus Copernicus UniversityToruńPoland

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