Testing the application of post IR IRSL dating to Iron- and Viking-age ceramics and heated stones from Denmark

Sahar Al Khasawneh, Andrew Murray, Dominik Bonatz, Trine Holm Freiesleben

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    In this study we test, for the first time, the potential of an elevated temperature post-IR IR (pIRIR290) SAR protocol for the dating of young heated artefacts. Seven heated stones and seven potshards were collected from three different archaeological sites in Denmark: one site from the early Pre-Roman Iron Age 200 BC to AD 100, and two from the Viking period between AD 800 and 1200. We first derive quartz OSL ages for these samples, to support the archaeological age control. The luminescence characteristics of the pIRIR290 signal are then investigated; in particular the dose recovery ratios are shown to be close to unity. The performance of the feldspar pIRIR290 protocol is then examined by comparing the pIRIR290 ages with those based on the quartz OSL signal; the average ratio of pIRIR290 to OSL ages is 1.14 ± 0.05 (n = 14) and there is some suggestion that the possible overestimation of the feldspar ages compared to quartz is only of significance for the heated stone samples. Nevertheless, there is no indication of incomplete heating of the stones; the ratios of De derived from the IR50 and pIRIR290 signals are independent of sample type, and consistent with complete resetting by heating. Comparison with the archaeological age control is not able to identify whether quartz or feldspar provides the most reliable dating signal. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalQuaternary Geochronology
    Issue numberPart B
    Pages (from-to)386-391
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • Iron age
    • Viking age
    • Ceramic
    • Heated stone
    • Denmark
    • Optically stimulated luminescence(OSL)
    • Post IR IRSL


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