The University of Arizona

IFAN Radiocarbon Laboratory Measurements I

Maurice Ndeye, Matar Sene, Alpha Oumar Diallo

Abstract


Results obtained from a liquid scintillation counter using BGO (Bi4Ge3012) tubes have produced more precise radiocarbon dates in our laboratory. Duplicate analyses confirm the electronic stability of the counter with a background of 0.1 cpm. Our 14C dates agree well with those from another laboratory (Paris 6-LOCEAN). Most of the 14C dates in this study were obtained on samples taken from different archaeological sites. Calibration of the various dates with the appropriate software (CALIB 5.0 in our case) allows better interpretation of the results and their importance in this understudied region. In this paper, we investigate the performance of the counter by analyzing samples from archaeological and marine sites in Senegal and Mauritania, and report the results in our first laboratory date list.

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