Luminescence Dating

Luminescence dating is a relatively new alternative approach to Quaternary chronological problems. Both quartz and feldspar rich sediments, which are otherwise undateable by conventional radiocarbon methods, can be absolutely dated within a range of 10 to 300,000+ years.

The SCIDR luminescence dating facility was established in 1995 and is directed by Dr. Mark D. Bateman. In 2004-2005 the facilities underwent major refurbishment with the building and equipping of new expanded laboratory space. The facility specialises in the measurement of quartz-rich sands from sedimentary sequences although other work is undertaken. In recent years samples from all around the world have been dated. These include archaeological sediments from USA and South Africa, relict cold-climate desert sands from Arctic Canada, dune sands from Zambia, Zimbabwe, The Netherlands and UK and lake sediments from Mexico.

Coring for OSL samples, Alexandria Dunefield, South Africa

detailed OSL sampling at Texas sandsheet site

Cutting OSL sample blocks from aeolianite, Southern Cape, South africa