Typically precisions of ± 2-10% of age can be achieved with 5% dating precision representing a reasonable target for general purposes.
A well calibrated laboratory can produce accuracy at the lower end of the precision scale.
The information is stored through charge trapping processes in populations of point defects in common minerals, and can be reset by heating (for ceramics and heated lithic materials) and/or exposure to light (for sediments and exposed rock surfaces).
Luminescence dating quantifies the radiation exposure experienced by target minerals (usually quartzes or feldspars) from the sample as an “equivalent dose”, measured in Grays (Gy), and representing the mean radiation dose which would reproduce the observed natural signal levels of the sample as prepared in the laboratory.
Glacial chronology and glacial geomorphology in the marginal zones of the glaciers Midtdalsbreen and Nigardsbreen, south Norway.
On the accuracy of lichenometric dates: an assessment based on the ‘Little Ice Age’ moraine sequence at Nigardsbreen, southern Norway.
Tuniz (eds), Advances in dating Australian rock-markings, pp. Occasional AURA Publication 10, Australian Rock Art Research Association, Melbourne.
Ambiguities in direct dating of rock surfaces using radiocarbon measurements; with response by R.
Lichenometric chronology and archaeological features on raised beaches: preliminary results from the Swedish north Bothnian coastal region.
Luminescence dating utilises energy deposited in mineral lattices by naturally occurring ionising radiation to record information encoding chronology, depositional process information, and thermal history records in ceramics, lithics, and sedimentary materials.