Simulate radio carbon dating

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I don’t have much information regarding my site, and limited plans, sections, stratigraphy. You must state why you do not have these data, and justify why funding would still be important. How soon after receiving notification can I submit samples? You will need to complete an online sample submission form and send your samples to the laboratory. You must apply with your supervisor or with an eligible person.

Information on sample packaging, storage and submission is available on the relevant laboratory web pages. The turnaround time for the two laboratories varies but averages 4-5 months. If you need rapid, urgent results, complete that section of the online form and liaise with the relevant facility. You can be listed as a co-Applicant but you may not be a Principal Applicant. Je S is the online electronic submission system for the Research Councils UK and you need a Je S username in order to apply to the NRCF.

It is possible that more urgent samples be prioritised if necessary, for example for a student deadline or important conference. You simply need to go to and register for a User ID, which is then emailed to you after your institution has checked your eligibility.

I’d like to learn more about radiocarbon dating, and visit the facility, is this possible? The NRCF implements a short course in radiocarbon dating, which gives advice, describes the methods used, and gives practical guidance on methods of interpretation. You can contact the facility to arrange a visit at any time. After I have received my results, is it possible to receive help and advice about how to go about interpreting them? If you are using Ox Cal and need help regarding Bayesian methods, you can join the Ox Cal discussion group.

In some cases, there will be doubts over even the approximate age of the material being considered for dating.

In this case, rangefinder dates may be more appropriate.

You must put in 'na' (not applicable) or unfunded if you do not have funding (ie do not leave the box blank).

Using Bayesian methods and a simulation approach helps us to check this before we actually spend money on radiocarbon dating.

It helps us to decide which of the samples that have been collected should be radiocarbon dated in order to maximise the information we obtain in terms of calendar age ranges.

The sole criterion is scientific and academic excellence. Estimating how many samples might be required is often tricky and requires careful thought.

The widely used Ox Cal software has a simulation option, which can be used to gain an idea of the number of determinations required in order to gain benefits in chronological terms.

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