Thermal illumination dating of pottery

The place where such wares are made by a potter is also called a pottery (plural "potteries").

The technical definition of pottery used by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is "all fired ceramic wares that contain clay when formed, except technical, structural, and refractory products." Pottery is one of the oldest human inventions, originating before the Neolithic period, with ceramic objects like the Gravettian culture Venus of Dolní Věstonice figurine discovered in the Czech Republic date back to 29,000–25,000 BC, Sub-Saharan Africa and South America.

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The radiation causes charge to remain within the grains in structurally unstable "electron traps".

The trapped charge accumulates over time at a rate determined by the amount of background radiation at the location where the sample was buried.

The samples were given different thermal treatments, followed by γ irradiation at room temperature, illumination with UV light at −100°C and readout of the TL signal.

ABSTRACT: In thermoluminescence (TL) dosimetry, the phosphor amethyst quartz as a thermoluminescent, appears to be one of the materials arousing the highest interest.

It is useful to geologists and archaeologists who want to know when such an event occurred.

It uses various methods to stimulate and measure luminescence.

They divide this by an assumed radiation dose rate (RDR) to estimate the pottery’s age.

At this point, the method seems to be a straightforward concept.

It includes techniques such as optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL), and thermoluminescence dating (TL).

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