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Samples should be placed in a polyethylene bag and sealed with electrical tape.
To test the date we need to measure the sample’s thermoluminescence light which is then correlated to the accumulated dose of ionizing radiation.
This usually occurs when the items are heated to 350 degrees Celsius.
Therefore, in archaeology, thermoluminescence dating works best for ceramics, cooking hearths, incidentally fire-cracked rocks, and deliberately fire-treated rocks, such as flint or chert.
Therefore, thermoluminescence dating is actually determining the last time a crystal was heated and electrons were released.Then we need to correlate thermoluminescence light to radiation dose rate per year which the sample has received since its last clock resetting event.Eventually, we will follow this formula to found out how many years old the sample is: Age (year) = accumulated dose / dose rate per year Thermoluminescence dating can be performed only in a specialized laboratory which will have a chemical section for the treatment of the samples with reagents and a radiation hazard restricted area.Create fake pottery that will pass the thermoluminescence test One way to pass a fake through a TL test is to expose the newly-made pottery to a high dose of artificial radiation sources, thus fooling the measurement instruments.However, producing fakes with this method calls for expertise on the subject, as well as expensive instruments.