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Dating Ancient Mortar

Although radiocarbon dating is usually applied to organic remains, recent work shows that it can also reveal the age of some inorganic building materials

?sa Ringbom, John Hale, Jan Heinemeier, Lynne Lancaster, Alf Lindroos

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to express their thanks for generous support to the Åbo Akademi Foundation, to the local government of Åland and to Nordkalk Corporation, a company that produces, among other products, quicklime.

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