Should archaeologists care about 14C inter-comparisons? Why? A summary report on SIRI

Scott, E.M. , Naysmith, P. and Cook, G.T. (2017) Should archaeologists care about 14C inter-comparisons? Why? A summary report on SIRI. Radiocarbon, 59(5), pp. 1589-1596. (doi: 10.1017/RDC.2017.12)

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Radiocarbon (14C) dating is used widely in many projects as a basis for the creation and testing of chronological constructs. 14C measurements are by their nature complex and the degree of sample pretreatment varies considerably depending on the material. Within the United Kingdom and Europe, there are a number of well-established laboratories and increasingly, archaeologists are not just commissioning new dates, but also using statistical modelling of assemblages of dates, perhaps measured in different laboratories, to provide formal date estimates for their sites. The issue of comparability of measurements (and thus bias, accuracy and precision of measurement) from the diverse laboratories is one which has been the focus of some attention both within the 14C community and the wider user communities for some time. As a result of this but also as part of laboratory benchmarking and quality assurance, the 14C community has undertaken a wide-scale, far-reaching, and evolving program of intercomparisons, to the benefit of laboratories and users alike. This paper summarizes the most recent exercise, the Sixth International Radiocarbon Intercomparison (SIRI).

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Paper presented at 8th Radiocarbon & Archaeology Symposium, Edinburgh, UK, 27 June–1 July 2016
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cook, Professor Gordon and Naysmith, Mr Phillip and Scott, Professor Marian
Authors: Scott, E.M., Naysmith, P., and Cook, G.T.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Statistics
College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Radiocarbon
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1945-5755
Published Online:14 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in Radiocarbon 59(5):1589-1596
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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