As new cultural resource management reports that contain radiocarbon dates are added to our library, the dates will be entered into the database.In some cases, dates may be published in other venues such as newsletters, journals and dissertations that would not necessarily be sent to our office.So, we have a “clock” which starts ticking the moment something dies.Obviously, this works only for things which were once living.This form can also be used for reporting errors you may find in the database, providing additional information about a date (such as the correction factor that may not have been provided in the published reference) or recalibration of dates.A few changes have been made to the original database, notably the database is now offered online and is searchable using the following fields: site name, site number, LA Division of Archaeology report number, lab number, date BP (before present), and date range BP. D., Calibrated (Cal) BP, Calibrated 2 sigma range (BP), cultural component, and comments.In this section of Methods of Gathering Data you will learn how archaeologists gather and analyze information by utilizing historical research techniques, field methods for data recovery, and laboratory analyses.Back to top Every archaeology project begins with a research design –a plan that describes why the archaeology is being done, what research questions it hopes to answer, and the methods and techniques that will be used to gather and analyze the artifacts and other archaeological materials.
If the area was inhabited during historical times (in the past several hundred years in North America) the archaeologist will look for primary historical documents associated with the study area.
In rare cases, the dates may have never been published.
It is our hope that researches will share their radiocarbon dates with us via email.
Scientists from the University of Liverpool are developing a new carbon dating technology that could revolutionise field archaeology.
In partnership with Norton Priory Museum & Gardens and supported by funding from the Arts Council England, they will develop a new technique which will make it quicker and easier to date archaeological finds.