Radiocarbon Dating and the Protection of Cultural Heritage

Irka Hajdas, A. J.Timothy Jull, Eric Huysecom, Anne Mayor, Marc André Renold, Hans Arno Synal, Christine Hatté, Wan Hong, David Chivall, Lucile Beck, Lucia Liccioli, Mariaelena Fedi, Ronny Friedrich, Francesco Maspero, Tiberiu Sava

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The modern antiquities market uses radiocarbon (14C) dating to screen for forged objects. Although this fact shows the potential and power of the method, the circumstances where it is applied can be questionable and call for our attention. Here we present an outline of a call to radiocarbon laboratories for due diligence and best practice approaches to the analysis of antique objects requested by non-research clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1133-1134
Number of pages2
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 16 2019


  • antiquities
  • cultural heritage
  • illicit trade
  • looting
  • radiocarbon dating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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