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AMS 14C Dating of Balearic Lime Burials

Mark Van Strydonck, Mathieu Boudin, Louise Decq, Tess Van Den Brande, Herlinde Borms, Damià Ramis, Guy De Mulder


The Balearic quicklime burials of the Iron Age have been radiocarbon dated. Because the bones found are unsuitable for dating, lime was dated using the titration method, with results indicating that in some samples there is still fossil limestone carbonate present, while other samples suffered from recarbonation. Nevertheless, 14C dates on lime and organic matter agree when both are present. The titration method allows calculating a consensus value.

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