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Accelerator radiocarbon dating of artistic artifacts
Author(s): D. J. Donahue; A. J.T. Jull
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Paper Abstract

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry is used to detect the cosmic- ray-produced radioactive isotope, 14C, in the organic material associated with artworks. The measured radiocarbon content of an artistic artifact, combined with a tree-ring calibration curve that relates radiocarbon content to calendar age, gives information concerning the age of the artifact. This age information can then be used to assist in establishing the authenticity, or lack thereof, of the artifact. Applications of the technique to the study of several artworks will be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3315, Scientific Detection of Fakery in Art, (25 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308587
Show Author Affiliations
D. J. Donahue, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
A. J.T. Jull, Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3315:
Scientific Detection of Fakery in Art
Walter McCrone; Duane R. Chartier; Richard J. Weiss, Editor(s)

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