Exploratory Single Grain OSL Analysis of Sediments from Capu di Locu, Corsica

Cresswell, A.J. , Kinnaird, T.C. and Sanderson, D.C.W. (2016) Exploratory Single Grain OSL Analysis of Sediments from Capu di Locu, Corsica. Technical Report. SUERC/University of Glasgow.

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Single grain optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) measurements have been conducted on retained material from sediment samples collected during excavations of Neolithic monuments at Capu di Locu, Belvédère, SW Corsica. One sample was taken from a presumed burial chamber at Tola and two from the lower fill of the construction pit of a menhir at Stantare. Analysis was conducted on 150-250 µm quartz grains previously separated for single aliquot regeneration (SAR) measurements, and on 250-500 µm grains prepared for this analysis. Single grain measurements, including analysis of blank discs prior to dispensing mineral grains, were conducting on a Risø DA-20 automatic reader, with 800-1000 grains measured for each of two samples, and approximately 350 grains for the third sample. These exploratory measurements have demonstrated that a relatively large proportion (>20%) of mineral grains produce significant OSL counts for both the natural stored dose and following a 25 Gy artificial dose. Previous analysis of these samples using multi-grain aliquots measured using a single aliquot regeneration (SAR) protocol had shown broad dose distributions, with mixtures of aliquots of different ages. The single grain measurements have confirmed that these are mixed age deposits. Two samples show stored dose distributions around mean values which correspond to archaeological ages, for the third the stored dose distribution is significantly broader with no apparent archaeological age component. Further statistical analysis of these data would be required to attempt to resolve archaeological age material, that could potentially be used to further constrain construction dates for these monuments. It is expected that similar luminescence properties would be exhibited by mineral grains from other samples collected during the excavations of these sites, and it is possible that further single grain OSL analysis of other parts of the site may produce dose distributions with less mixing and more readily resolved components with archaeological ages. Meanwhile SG apparent ages were obtained from the Tola sample which are consistent with previous estimates, and two new estimates have been achieved from the Stantare site which indicate potential for recovering archaeological ages in the 3rd to 4th millennium BC from the Menhir site.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Technical Report)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sanderson, Professor David and Kinnaird, Dr Timothy and Cresswell, Dr Alan
Authors: Cresswell, A.J., Kinnaird, T.C., and Sanderson, D.C.W.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Publisher:SUERC/University of Glasgow
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 SUERC
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the author

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