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High precision wiggle matching in radiocarbon dating

Kojo, Y. and Kalin, R. and Long, A. (1994) High precision wiggle matching in radiocarbon dating. Journal of Archaeological Science, 21 (4). pp. 475-479. ISSN 0305-4403

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Abstract

We have applied the wiggle-matching high-precision radiocarbon dating technique to a log recovered from an Early Kofun Period site in western Japan. Using the decadal radiocarbon calibration curves of Stuiver & Becker (1986, Radiocarbon 28(2B), 863-910) on four sequential decades of rings, we determined the cutting date of AD 320 to a precision of +/- 5 years. Remarkably accurate determinations of cutting dates are possible by this method in the right combination of circumstances.