Directed by Professor Mark Bateman. The Sheffield Luminescence Dating Facility specialises in the measurement of quartz and feldspar-rich sands from sedimentary sequences, which can be absolutely dated within a range of 10 to 300,000+ years. Samples from all around the world have been dated, including archaeological sediments from the 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.
The suite of laboratories is fully equipped to isolate and clean mineral fractions from samples, under controlled darkroom conditions, for measurement both at single aliquot and single grain levels.
For further information, including how to take samples for dating, please click here