Radiochemical Dating Methods in Archaeology – The Shroud of Turin and More
Sponsored by AIA Ottawa and the Canadian Institute in Greece
AIA Society Event: Ottawa, ON
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington St
Lecturer: Don Wiles, Professor Emeritus, Carleton University
The speaker will describe several technical methods for dating of ancient objects and will discuss which of these may be applied to archaeological artifacts and which are not useful. A number of these methods involve radioactive atoms. Carbon14 dating is one obvious candidate, but potassium-argon is not. The question is “Why not?’ Similarly, fission-track dating is not useful, but thermoluminescence can often be used. Again the question: “Why?” The famous case of The Shroud of Turin and other relevant examples will be discussed.