Articles | Volume 57, issue 1/2
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 57, 95–149, 2008
https://doi.org/10.3285/eg.57.1-2.5
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 57, 95–149, 2008
https://doi.org/10.3285/eg.57.1-2.5

  01 Aug 2008

01 Aug 2008

Luminescence dating: basics, methods and applications

Frank Preusser, Detlev Degering, Markus Fuchs, Alexandra Hilgers, Annette Kadereit, Nicole Klasen, Matthias Krbetschek, Daniel Richter, and Joel Q. G. Spencer Frank Preusser et al.

Abstract. Luminescence dating is a tool frequently used for age determination of Quaternary materials such as archaeological artefacts, volcanic deposits and a variety of sediments from different environmental settings. The present paper gives an overview of the physical basics of luminescence dating, the necessary procedures from sampling to age calculation, potential problems that may interfere with correct age calculation as well as procedures to identify and resolve those problems. Finally, a brief summary of the most common fields of application is given ranging from artefacts to the variety of different sediments suitable for luminescence dating.