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Monitoring the presence of humic substances in wool and silk by the use of nondestructive fluorescence spectroscopy: quality control for 14C dating of wool and silk

Mathieu Boudin UGent, Pascal Boeckx UGent, Peter Vandenabeele UGent, Sylvia Mitschke and Mark Van Strydonck (2011) RADIOCARBON. 53(3). p.429-442
abstract
Radiocarbon dating of degraded wool and silk provides 14C results of questionable reliability. In most cases, degraded wool/silk contains humic substances (HSs). Thus, a nondestructive fluorescence spectroscopy method, using a fiberoptic probe, was developed to monitor the presence of HSs in degraded wool and silk. This method can provide information about the presence of HSs before and after pretreatment and about the 14C age reliability. This study suggests considering with care wool/silk samples 14C dating wherein HSs are detected, because the conventional solvent pretreatment method using a NaOH wash is in most cases not sufficient to remove all humic substance contaminants. As a result, unreliable 14C dates can be provided.
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published
subject
keyword
BONE-COLLAGEN, SEPARATION, KERATIN, INDIVIDUAL AMINO-ACIDS
journal title
RADIOCARBON
Radiocarbon
volume
53
issue
3
pages
429 - 442
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000297981800003
JCR category
GEOCHEMISTRY & GEOPHYSICS
JCR impact factor
2.842 (2011)
JCR rank
16/76 (2011)
JCR quartile
1 (2011)
ISSN
0033-8222
project
Biotechnology for a sustainable economy (Bio-Economy)
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2020474
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2020474
date created
2012-02-06 12:30:35
date last changed
2013-02-27 12:52:08
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  abstract     = {Radiocarbon dating of degraded wool and silk provides 14C results of questionable reliability. In most cases, degraded wool/silk contains humic substances (HSs). Thus, a nondestructive fluorescence spectroscopy method, using a fiberoptic probe, was developed to monitor the presence of HSs in degraded wool and silk. This method can provide information about the presence of HSs before and after pretreatment and about the 14C age reliability. This study suggests considering with care wool/silk samples 14C dating wherein HSs are detected, because the conventional solvent pretreatment method using a NaOH wash is in most cases not sufficient to remove all humic substance contaminants. As a result, unreliable 14C dates can be provided.},
  author       = {Boudin, Mathieu and Boeckx, Pascal and Vandenabeele, Peter and Mitschke, Sylvia and Van Strydonck, Mark},
  issn         = {0033-8222},
  journal      = {RADIOCARBON},
  keyword      = {BONE-COLLAGEN,SEPARATION,KERATIN,INDIVIDUAL AMINO-ACIDS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {429--442},
  title        = {Monitoring the presence of humic substances in wool and silk by the use of nondestructive fluorescence spectroscopy: quality control for 14C dating of wool and silk},
  volume       = {53},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Boudin, Mathieu, Pascal Boeckx, Peter Vandenabeele, Sylvia Mitschke, and Mark Van Strydonck. 2011. “Monitoring the Presence of Humic Substances in Wool and Silk by the Use of Nondestructive Fluorescence Spectroscopy: Quality Control for 14C Dating of Wool and Silk.” Radiocarbon 53 (3): 429–442.
APA
Boudin, M., Boeckx, P., Vandenabeele, P., Mitschke, S., & Van Strydonck, M. (2011). Monitoring the presence of humic substances in wool and silk by the use of nondestructive fluorescence spectroscopy: quality control for 14C dating of wool and silk. RADIOCARBON, 53(3), 429–442.
Vancouver
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Boudin M, Boeckx P, Vandenabeele P, Mitschke S, Van Strydonck M. Monitoring the presence of humic substances in wool and silk by the use of nondestructive fluorescence spectroscopy: quality control for 14C dating of wool and silk. RADIOCARBON. 2011;53(3):429–42.
MLA
Boudin, Mathieu, Pascal Boeckx, Peter Vandenabeele, et al. “Monitoring the Presence of Humic Substances in Wool and Silk by the Use of Nondestructive Fluorescence Spectroscopy: Quality Control for 14C Dating of Wool and Silk.” RADIOCARBON 53.3 (2011): 429–442. Print.