Fluvially transported charcoal gives erroneous 14C ages for recent deposits

R. J. Blong, R. Gillespie

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    Abstract

    IN carbon dating of material included in fluviatile deposits, it is usually assumed that either there is little age difference between the dateable material and the fluvial deposit, or that the 14C sample and the deposit in which it is contained are sufficiently old for the age difference to be of little consequence. We report here on how a series of dates on charcoal from the bed of the Macdonald River, New South Wales, Australia, casts doubt on these assumptions and indicates that serious errors can occur in relating the radiocarbon ages of charcoal samples to the fluvial deposits in which they lie.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)739-741
    Number of pages3
    JournalNature
    Volume271
    Issue number5647
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 1978

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