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AMS radiocarbon dating of bones at LSCE

N Tisnérat-Laborde, H Valladas, E Kaltnecker, M Arnold


In this paper, we explain our routine pretreatment of bone for radiocarbon dating by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), based on the specific reaction between amino acids and ninhydrin described by Nelson (1991). The values and uncertainties of the total system background are presented as a function of the carbon sample mass and the reliability of this method is discussed.


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