Preparing the samples for measurement

Preparing the samples for measurement

After pre-treating the samples so that we can be absolutely sure that what we are dating is what we are interested in, the next step is to get the samples into a form which can be measured by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). To do this, our samples are first...
Counting and Cutting Tree Rings

Counting and Cutting Tree Rings

Key to the wiggle-match dating method is radiocarbon dating samples through a known sequence. In our case, the known sequence is the structure of the trees which were used in construction of our crannogs. The rings within the trees represent, of course, single-years....
In the Lab

In the Lab

Here at Living on Water we have been patiently waiting to get stuck into our lab work, and today is the day! So far, our samples have been taken from structural timber elements of the crannogs we examined last summer – Oakbank, Dall Bay South and Milton...