Advantages of relative dating techniques in archaeology

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A desciption of the method is given in: Schurr, Mark R.1989.Fluoride dating of prehistoric bones by ion selective electrode. It can be used to determine the relative dates of faunal materials.The fluoride selective electrode uses the same principle as the familiar p H electrode.When the electrode is placed in a solution that contains fluoride, it produces a voltage that is proportional to the amount of fluoride in the solution.Fluoride dating has been successfully used in a wide variety of settings, ranging from extremely arid Sudanese Nubia, to the humid eastern USA.

The Service Center charges .50 per sample (please contact the Center for the most current rates).This covers cleaning the sample, preparing it for analysis, making three replicate measurements on each specimen, calculation of the fluoride content, and entry of data into a spreadsheet.Statistical evaluation of the data and consulting reports are available on request.In most cases, we recommend a pilot project using samples of known chronology to evaluate the effectiveness of fluoride dating on your samples before starting a large-scale project.We will be happy to consult with you to develop a project custom tailored to your needs.

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