A software application that enables a user to perform radiocarbon calibration and analysis of archaeological and environmental chronological information. It may be used to calculate the probable age ranges of scientifically dated samples through radiocarbon calibration, sapwood estimates and other methods. It is possible to establish age by measuring the rate of decay of the radioactive isotope 14C - a naturally occurring ubiquitous entity found in all life-forms.
- radiocarbon calibration
- archaeological and environmental chronological analysis
A&H use case 1 description:
The AHRB-funded 'Spatial and chronological patterns in the "Neolithisation" of Europe' project utilised OxCal to analyse economic and cultural items that had been identied as late Mesolithic or early Neolithic and apply a common standard for establishing the approximate date of their origins.
Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, University of Oxford
University of Oxford
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