Testing the use of range-finder OSL dating to inform field sampling and laboratory processing strategies

J. A. Durcan, H. M. Roberts, G. A. T. Duller, A. H. Alizai

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Abstract

A newly developed range-finder luminescence dating method is applied to samples from the eastern Punjab region of Pakistan. Overbank sediments from this area are the subject of an ongoing project into the demise of the Harappan civilization about 4.2 ka and the range-finder technique was used to ascertain whether samples from three pits are from this part of the Holocene. Luminescence measurements of raw sample gave a signal dominated by feldspars, even when using a [post-IR] optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) signal. Following etching in hydrofluoric acid samples gave OSL signals characteristic of quartz and these were used to calculate the equivalent dose. The total dose rate was estimated from beta counting. Eight range-finder OSL ages extend from 4000 to 6600 years ago and are consistent with two radiocarbon ages from the same pits demonstrating that these sediments do straddle the period of interest for this project. The range-finder approach provides a rapid means of informing future field sampling campaigns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-90
Number of pages5
JournalQuaternary Geochronology
Volume5
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2010

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