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Dating of archaeological finds

The dating of archaeological finds is at the heart of almost all ancient scientific work, whether as part of funded research projects, the scientific activities of state monument authorities or dendrochronologists. With the radiocarbon method developed by Frank Libby in the 1940s, this is achieved by measuring the radioactive isotope ¹⁴C.

At the CEZA, dating is a focal point of daily work. In addition to pure contract work, the CEZA itself is an important partner in various large research projects, as the dating of organic objects is an important basis for all further analyses.

The CEZA now has two AMS MICADAS mass spectrometers running more or less 24 hours a day to measure the numerous samples.