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Radiocarbon and stable isotope analyses of archaeological bone consolidated with hide glue.

C M Takahashi, D E Nelson, J S Southon


We tested a simple method for removing a collagen-based glue preservative from bone destined for radiocarbon and stable isotope analyses. The method is sufficient for bone samples from which only stable isotope measurements are required. For (super 14) C dating, such samples of age less than about 10 ka can be adequately dated, but for older samples, the circumstances must be carefully evaluated.


FTIR spectra;glue;nitrogen;N 15 N 14;infrared spectra;spectra;collagen;archaeology;isotope ratios;Holocene;proteins;organic compounds;sample preparation;bones;Cenozoic;Quaternary;C 14;carbon;isotopes;radioactive isotopes;C 13 C 12;stable isotopes;absolute age

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