Moser This summer during the height of the University of South Florida/Ohio State University field school at Crystal River Archaeological State Park, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr.Jack Rink about a new technique that he using to determine the age of the Crystal River archaeological site. Rink is a professor and researcher at Mc Master University, Mc Master Institute of Applied Radiation Sciences. After working on projects in Africa, Europe and Asia, Dr.
In our laboratory, these sediments are exposed to an external stimulus (blue-green light) and the trapped electrons are released.
The released electrons emit a photon of light upon recombination at a similar site.
Interestingly, both quartz and quartzite lose their accumulated energy whenever they are exposed to sunlight.
When you measure the amount of energy that is present within individual sand grains, it serves as a proxy measurement for the amount of time that the quartz grains have been buried since they were last exposed to sunlight.
As sediment is transported by wind, water, or ice, it is exposed to sunlight and zeroed of any previous luminescence signal.
Once this sediment is deposited and subsequently buried, it is removed from light and is exposed to low levels of natural radiation in the surrounding sediment.
This energy is lodged in the imperfect lattices of the mineral's crystals.
Heating these crystals (such as when a pottery vessel is fired or when rocks are heated) empties the stored energy, after which time the mineral begins absorbing energy again.
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