A numerical approach to 14C wiggle-match dating of organic deposits: best fits and confidence intervals

M. Blaauw, B. Van Geel, G. B. M. Heuvelink, Dmitri Mauquoy, J. van Der Plicht

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Abstract

C-14 wiggle-match dating (WMD) of peat deposits uses the non-linear relationship between C-14 age and calendar age to match the shape of a sequence of closely spaced peat C-14 dates with the C-14 calibration curve. A numerical approach to WMD enables the quantitative assessment of various possible wiggle-match solutions and of calendar year confidence intervals for sequences of C-14 dates. We assess the assumptions, advantages, and limitations of the method. Several case-studies show that WMD results in more precise chronologies than when individual C-14 dates are calibrated. WMD is most successful during periods with major excursions in the C-14 calibration curve (e.g., in one case WMD could narrow down confidence intervals from 230 to 36 yr). (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1485-1500
Number of pages15
JournalQuaternary Science Reviews
Volume22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • RADIOCARBON AGE CALIBRATION
  • PEAT
  • SAMPLES
  • POLLEN
  • DATES
  • BOGS
  • AMS
  • ACCUMULATION
  • NETHERLANDS
  • CURVE

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A numerical approach to 14C wiggle-match dating of organic deposits: best fits and confidence intervals. / Blaauw, M.; Van Geel, B.; Heuvelink, G. B. M.; Mauquoy, Dmitri; van Der Plicht, J.

In: Quaternary Science Reviews, Vol. 22, 2003, p. 1485-1500.

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Blaauw, M. ; Van Geel, B. ; Heuvelink, G. B. M. ; Mauquoy, Dmitri ; van Der Plicht, J. / A numerical approach to 14C wiggle-match dating of organic deposits: best fits and confidence intervals. In: Quaternary Science Reviews. 2003 ; Vol. 22. pp. 1485-1500.
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