Ages produced using the central age model range from 18.2 ± 1.3 to 36.7 ± 2.9 ka, are in stratigraphic order, and agree with independent age control from two C ages.
The age range for pottery and other ceramics covers the entire period in which these materials have been produced.
The typical range for burnt stone or sediment is from about 100 to 300,000 years.
The choice of luminescence method depends on the availability of appropriate minerals, the time period of interest, and the nature of the target event.
When one technique is not suitable to a particular situation, another technique often is.
Postgraduate students registered for a degree course within a UK university which does not house a luminescence laboratory may be eligible to apply for an award through a joint scheme set up with the Quaternary Research Association (
Likewise, projects central to the Laboratory's research interests may be carried out at a reduced charge.The particular advantage of luminescence dating is that the method provides a date for the archaeological artefact or deposit itself, rather than for organic material in assumed association.In the case of OSL sediment dating, suitable material (sand or silt-sized grains of quartz and feldspar) is usually available ubiquitously throughout the site.The basic principles of all the different luminescence dating techniques, and also electron spin resonance (ESR) dating, are the same: each relies on the effects of radiation exposure.Ages are obtained by measuring the cumulative effect of ionizing radiation on the crystal structure of certain minerals.However, in applying this method, previous studies have encountered problems of low OSL signal intensities in quartz.