Mean ceramic dating

03-Mar-2018 14:59 by 2 Comments

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The RHX rate is largely insensitive to the ambient humidity because the RHX reaction occurs extremely slowly, and only minute amounts of water are required to feed it.Sufficient water is available in virtually all terrestrial environments.

The ELT is generally close to (but not exactly the same as) the long-term annual mean surface air temperature. Any event involving exposure to extreme heat may reset the "clock" by dehydroxylating the specimen, as though it were just out of the kiln.

Transferring the method to ceramics has brought additional challenges but initial results have demonstrated that ceramics have the same “internal clock” as bricks. These studies have encountered issues with components within the ceramics causing either addition mass gain or additional mass loss during the RHX measurement process.

The quality of data generated by the Manchester and Edinburgh groups has been due to analysing fired-clay materials which do not contain these components.

An item with a registry mark or number could have been produced before (less likely as the design would not be protected), or after the date of the registry mark.

The number listed for each year in the table is the first number issued that year. If your number is higher, but less than the number for the next year, then your item had it's design registered during that year.

This weight increase provides an accurate measure of the extent of rehydroxylation.

The dating clock is provided by the experimental finding that the RHX reaction follows a precise kinetic law: the weight gain increases as the fourth root of the time which has elapsed since firing.A small piece of the ceramic is first removed, weighed, and heated to 500 °C, effectively dehydrating it completely.The amount of water lost in the dehydration process (and thus the amount of water gained since the ceramic was created) is measured with a microbalance.Efforts to successfully replicate the original work and overcome the challenges presented by archaeological ceramics are underway in several academic institutions worldwide.By illuminating inconsistencies between material culture chronology and historically documented occupation periods, seemingly “erroneous” dates derived from uses of South’s mean ceramic date formula can be fully as valuable as is the technique’s more traditional application for dating.The information for this page was compiled with the assistance of the British Public Record Office, and the British Designs Registry Office. Their help, and permission to use the data, is certainly appreciated.

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