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IDENTIFICATION OF CHARCOAL FROM THE NORTH CREEK SHELTER, SITE 42GA5863, IN THE ESCALANTE VALLEY, UTAH

Author(s): Kathryn Puseman

Year: 2006

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Charcoal samples were examined from on-going excavations at the North Creek

Shelter, site 42GA5863, in the Escalante Valley of south-central Utah. These samples were

submitted for identification prior to radiocarbon analysis to select the best material to send for

dating. The identification of specific material to be dated is particularly advantageous and

allows the researcher to know precisely what material is submitted for radiocarbon dating.

More accurate ages can be obtained by submitting only specific types of charcoal or other

charred plant material for dating. It is preferential to date a local species rather than a foreign

one, to date a single species rather than a mixture of several types, and to date the plant type

with the shortest life span, such as dating charcoal from a shorter-lived shrub rather than a

longer-lived tree. Charcoal samples selected for radiocarbon dating were submitted to Beta

Analytic, Inc.


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IDENTIFICATION OF CHARCOAL FROM THE NORTH CREEK SHELTER, SITE 42GA5863, IN THE ESCALANTE VALLEY, UTAH. Kathryn Puseman. 2006 ( tDAR id: 379423) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8KP81P0


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Escalante Valley, Utah


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