Selecting Radiocarbon Samples Using NEW 3D Method!

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New


When it comes to radiocarbon sampling on large scale excavations, sometimes selecting which samples will be the most valuable to your research can be a time consuming and tedious task.  Using our 3D recording excavation methods, here’s how we were able to select radio carbon samples relative to their locations in and around hearths and other features.

Video by Alyssa Parker, MSc


  1. Simply amazing! Any results to share yet? How were the shell/bone/carbon pairings? I’d be really curious about the marine reservoir effect there. 🙂

  2. Jo, wait a little and you can see the dating for yourself. We’ve worked out a way to allow people to navigate in 3D, search, identify etc and have more dates loaded into the system. We’ll do another blog post next week with this new system. We’re not putting up the shell parts of the shell-wood pairs yet because we are working out an appropriate Delta-R. But it looks like a ca. 600 year total reservoir correction is about right; close to what others have been finding for many areas of the coast.

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