Commercial dating service For over 15 years the laboratory has undertaken luminescence dating of archaeological materials and sediments on a commercial basis or research basis.
Our standard cost for TL or OSL dating is 650 euro VAT per sample but prices can vary depending on the nature and number of samples.
The OSL is further divided, based on the colour (wavelength) of the excitation light source, into Blue Light Stimulated Luminescence (BLSL) and Infrared Stimulated Luminescence (IRSL)Luminescence dating requires a proper resetting of the previously acquired (pre depositional) luminescence in the natural minerals into a very low level (natural zeroing event), either by exposure to sun light during pre-depositional transportation (by wind, water etc.) or by a thermal event (pottery making, baking by lava, fusion crest of meteorites), before deposition.
Following the natural zeroing event and subsequent burial, the natural minerals begin luminescence acquisition afresh from the ionizing radiation (alpha, beta and gamma) constantly provided by the decay of radioactive elements (U238, Th232, K40, Rb) present in the sediments and also from the cosmic rays.
Used particularly for edu.au/environment/ee Pages/ee Dating/Quaternary Geochronology/ Trapped Charge Dating PRINCIPAL: energy trapped in crystal imperfections depends on dose rate and time. establish hydration rate for each type of obsidian by examining pieces of known age, or with high pressure and temperature in lab.
The typical turn-round time for providing a date is circa 2-6 months, although, rapid dating (circa 4-6 weeks or sometimes less, depending on machine time and sample type) using our fast track service can be undertaken.
It allows the determination of ages of geological sediments and archaeological objects.
Age range and precision The age range for pottery and other ceramics covers the entire period in which these materials have been produced.
Heating the mineral (or exposure to light) releases electrons, and produces a flash of light, setting the clock to 0 (maybe only partial).
Thereafter, luminescence accumulation is proportional to age.