Reply to: “A response to some unwarranted criticisms of single-grain dating” by J.K. Feathers

Kristina Jørkov Thomsen, Andrew Sean Murray, Jan-Pieter Buylaert, Mayank Jain, Jakob Helt-Hansen, Thierry Aubry, Guillaume Guerin

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    Abstract

    In the note “A response to some unwarranted criticisms of single-grain dating” Feathers raises many issues with both the approach and the conclusions of Thomsen et al. (2016). After careful consideration, we find we disagree with Feather's analysis and conclusions, and stand by the original conclusions of Thomsen et al. (2016). We reiterate that, for these samples, the multi-grain measurements are demonstrably in better agreement with the independent age control than are the standard single-grain measurements.
    In our view, Feathers’ most important criticisms are that the 14C age control is reported incorrectly and that Thomsen et al. (2016) cannot conclude that standard single-grain methods are in poorer agreement with the independent age control than the multi-grain methods. We acknowledge the presence of a minor presentation error in Figure 3 of Thomsen et al. (2016), but we demonstrate that this detail has no bearing on the conclusions of Thomsen et al. (2016).
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalQuaternary Geochronology
    Volume37
    Pages (from-to)8-14
    Number of pages7
    ISSN1871-1014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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