Thermo luminescence dating
The older the pottery, the more radiation it has absorbed and the brighter the pottery sample glows.
By measuring the TL, we can calculate how much radiation has been absorbed and use this information to calculate the approximate age of the pottery.
Usually the electrons will reconnect with the molecules, but some will not.
The electrons that dont reconnect eventually encounter imperfections in the microscopic structure of the ceramics or minerals, and they become trapped by these imperfections.
The process of firing the vessel releases the trapped electrons (energy), and resets the thermoluminescence clock to zero.
The process of accumulation of electrons (energy) and then release when heated occurs every time the ceramic vessel is reheated.
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The intensity of the light emmisions (luminescence) can be measured to determine the amount of time that has passed since the vessel was last heated and the present laboratory heating of the vessel. Luminescence Dating of the Buctouche Spit, New Brunswick.
) of nuclear radiation is determined for every artifact through the application of artificial doses of nuclear radiation (through heating or exposure to a laser light beam) to subsamples of the artifact to scale the signal. (in press) Optical Dating: A Review for Non-Specialists.
In 1985, they also developed optically stimulated luminescence dating techniques, which use laser light, to date sediments.
The microscopic structure of some minerals and ceramics trap nuclear radioactive energy.
This energy is in constant motion within the minerals or sherds.