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Studying Past Human-Environment Interactions with High Precision AMS 14C at Penn State

Author(s): Douglas Kennett ; Brendan Culleton

Year: 2017

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The newly established PSU AMS Radiocarbon (14C) Facility provides high-precision measurements of 14C content in a wide range of carbon-bearing materials. Our primary mission is the study of human-environment interactions in the past and present with the goal of working with archaeologists in the context of inter-disciplinary environmental research. The facility operates a NEC 1.5 SDH 500kV Tandem Pelletron accelerator optimized for relatively small samples, requiring only 700µg of graphitized carbon, with a potential lower limit of 15µg C, with routine precision of 20-25 14C years for samples less than 10,000 years old. We provide expertise in sample collection, research design, Bayesian chronology building, and the chemical preparation of archaeological samples with special expertise in the purification of bone collagen. We highlight recent projects in Alaska and the Maya Region.

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Studying Past Human-Environment Interactions with High Precision AMS 14C at Penn State. Douglas Kennett, Brendan Culleton. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428968)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17066

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America