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14C in Plant Macrofossils

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We discuss 14C dating of plant macrofossils from different contexts and consider the various complicating effects of the history of the samples on the 14C measurement.

Introduction

Late Quaternary chronologies are commonly constructed using AMS 14C dating of plant macrofossils, because they are generally argued to provide the most reliable chronology. Although plant macrofossils are often relatively abundant and well preserved in a variety of site type, they are still potentially subject to a range of complications. Be they terrestrial or aquatic, plant macrofossils are prone to absorb CO2 of mixed origin during photosynthesis, to be reworked, contaminated by dissolved organic carbon and by modern carbon due to inappropriate storage and analysis. They can also be potentially impacted by measurement effects relating to small sample sizes.

We will overview different macrofossils here, in dry and then humid environments, will give few notes on insects and invertebrates commonly...

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Hatté, C., Jull, A.J.T. (2013). 14C in Plant Macrofossils. In: Rink, W., Thompson, J. (eds) Encyclopedia of Scientific Dating Methods. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6326-5_168-1

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