Journal article

Direct dating of lithic surface artifacts using luminescence

Luke Andrew Gliganic, Michael Christian Meyer, Jan-Hendrik May, Mark Steven Aldenderfer, Peter Tropper

SCIENCE ADVANCES | AMER ASSOC ADVANCEMENT SCIENCE | Published : 2021

Abstract

Archaeological surface assemblages composed of lithic scatters comprise a large proportion of the archaeological record. Dating such surface artifacts has remained inherently difficult owing to the dynamic nature of Earth-surface processes affecting these assemblages and because no satisfactory chronometric dating technique exists that can be directly applied to constrain the timing of artifact manufacture, discard, and thus human use of the landscape. Here, we present a dating approach based on optically stimulated luminescence (OSL)-OSL rock-surface burial dating-and apply it to a lithic surface scatter in Tibet. We generate OSL burial ages (age-depth profiles) for each artifact, outline t..

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Grants

Awarded by Austrian Science Fund


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by Austrian Science Fund grants to L.A.G. (FWF grant M2121-G25) and M.C.M. (FWF grant 24924-G19).