Luminescence dating laboratory
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In 2004-2005 the facilities underwent major refurbishment with the building and equipping of new expanded laboratory space.
The facility specialises in the measurement of quartz and feldspar-rich sands from sedimentary sequences although other work is undertaken.
This research involves the collection of sediment samples in locations as diverse as Arctic Canada, BC's central coast, Australia, and Patagonia.
These samples are then dated, and the age information is used to help understand the nature of long term environmental change.
Quartz and feldspar rich sandy sediments, which are otherwise undateable by conventional radiocarbon methods, can be absolutely dated within a range of 10 to 300,000 years using Luminescence dating.