Radiocarbon dating pins date for construction of Uyghur complex to the year 777

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Dating archaeological objects precisely is difficult, even when using techniques such as radiocarbon dating. Using a recently developed method, based on the presence of sudden spikes in carbon-14 concentration, scientists at the University of Groningen, together with Russian colleagues, have pinned the date for the construction of an eighth-century complex in southern Siberia to a specific year. This allows archaeologists to finally understand the purpose for building the complex – and why it was never used. The results were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on 8 June.

Period8-Jun-2020

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  • TitleRadiocarbon dating pins date for construction of Uyghur complex to the year 777
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletRUG
    Media typeWeb
    CountryNetherlands
    Date08/06/2020
    DescriptionDating archaeological objects precisely is difficult, even when using techniques such as radiocarbon dating. Using a recently developed method, based on the presence of sudden spikes in carbon-14 concentration, scientists at the University of Groningen, together with Russian colleagues, have pinned the date for the construction of an eighth-century complex in southern Siberia to a specific year. This allows archaeologists to finally understand the purpose for building the complex – and why it was never used. The results were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on 8 June.
    Producer/AuthorRene Fransen
    URLhttps://www.rug.nl/news/2020/06/radiocarbon-dating-pins-date-for-construction-of-uyghur-complex-to-the-year-777
    PersonsMargot Kuitems

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  • radiocarbon dating