SUERC Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory

SUERC Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory

Currently, the laboratory carries out age measurements under contract to Historic Environment Scotland, and Historic England.  It also provides measurements to several national museums, academic staff in a large number of universities worldwide, as well as many UK and European commercial archaeological units.

In addition to its commercial activities, the laboratory is currently involved in a number of research projects including:

  • Extending Histories: from Medieval Mottes to Prehistoric Round Mounds (Funded by: Leverhulme Trust in collaboration with the Universities of Reading).
  • Re-dating Danebury Hillfort – A Bayesian Approach (Funded by: Leverhulme Trust in collaboration with the Universities of Leicester and Oxford).
  • Times of their Lives – The Neolithic of Europe (Funded by: European Research Council in collaboration with Cardiff University and English Heritage).
  • Long-lived Radionuclides in the Surface Environment (Funded by NERC in collaboration with a range of UK universities).
  • Comparative Island Ecodynamics (Funded by NSF in collaboration with NABO colleagues).
  • Forensic applications of 14C.
  • 14C dating and Stable Isotope Studies around the Mesolithic/Neolithic Transition in the Iron Gates Gorge of the River Danube.
  • Radiocarbon Dating the Dental Remains from the Prehistoric Souskiou-Laona Cemetery in Cyprus.
  • Temporal Variations in the UK 14C marine reservoir effect during the Holocene.
  • Freshwater 14C reservoir effects.
  • Viking Settlement in the North Atlantic.
  • 14C dating of food residues on pottery.
  • Improved dating of Early Iron Age crannogs by 14C wiggle matching.
  • The Sixth International Radiocarbon Inter-comparison exercise.
  • The biogeochemistry of anthropogenic 14C in the Irish Sea.
  • Measuring the biofuel content in fuels intended for internal combustion engines and in mixed domestic waste.
  • Source Apportionment of Atmospheric Particulates.
  • Development of a 34S Measurement Capability for Palaeodietary Interpretation.
  • Bayesian modelling of a wide range of archaeological sites.