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Radiocarbon dating and the protection of cultural heritage

Hajdas, Irka
Jull, A J Timothy
Synal, Hans-Arno
Hatté, Christine
Hong, Wan
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Published in Radiocarbon. 2019, p. 1-2
Abstract The modern antiquities market uses radiocarbon (14C) dating to screen for forged objects. Although this fact shows the potential and power of the method, the circumstances where it is applied can be questionable and call for our attention. Here we present an outline of a call to radiocarbon laboratories for due diligence and best practice approaches to the analysis of antique objects requested by non-research clients.
Keywords ArchaeologyRadiocarbon datingAntiquitiesCultural heritageIllicit tradeLooting
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Research group Laboratoire d'archéologie et peuplement de l'Afrique (APA)
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HAJDAS, Irka et al. Radiocarbon dating and the protection of cultural heritage. In: Radiocarbon, 2019, p. 1-2. doi: 10.1017/RDC.2019.100 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:122880

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