Luminescence dating studies of Yeşilova Hoyuk
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Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Ege University, 35100, Bornova-Izmir, Turkey
Faculty of Art and Science, Physics Department, Celal Bayar University, 45100, Muradiye-Manisa, Turkey
Faculty of Letters, Department of Archaeology, Ege University, 35100, Bornova-Izmir, Turkey
Online publication date: 2012-09-22
Publication date: 2012-12-01
Geochronometria 2012;39(4):268-275
Ceramic findings collected from Yeşilova Hoyuk located in Izmir were dated using the thermoluminescence dating technique. The area is of significant archaeological importance since it is the first prehistoric settlement in Izmir. Recent archeological observations suggest that human occupation of the region took place about 8500 years ago comparing to previously determined dates of 5000 years. Three samples collected from the same archaeological layer (Neolithic period) in Yeşilova Hoyuk were dated using the thermoluminescence method. Archaeological doses (AD) were obtained by single aliquot regenerative dose method (SAR) for thermoluminescence (TL) using coarse grain quartz minerals extracted from samples. Thick and thin Al2O3:C thermoluminescence dosimeters (TLD) were used to determine the annual dose rate. The archaeological doses were found to vary from 25.91±0.78 to 26.82±0.68 Gy, and the annual doses were found to be between 3.34±0.24 and 3.47±0.24 mGy/a. The ages obtained for the samples were determined to be 6000±830 BC, 5740±670 BC and 5460±740 years for samples ND1, ND2 and ND3, respectively, which supports the prediction of archeologist that the sampling layer dates from the Neolithic period.
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