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Calibration of a Radiocarbon Age : Volume 19, Issue 3 (19/06/2012)

By Keenan, D. J.

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Title: Calibration of a Radiocarbon Age : Volume 19, Issue 3 (19/06/2012)  
Author: Keenan, D. J.
Volume: Vol. 19, Issue 3
Language: English
Subject: Science, Nonlinear, Processes
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Description: The Limehouse Cut, London E14 6N, UK. The calibration of a radiocarbon age to a calendar date is reviewed. It is shown that the commonly-used programs for calibration sometimes give results that are significantly in error.

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