Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
  • Archaeology
  • Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation
  • Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
  • Geology

Type of infrastructure

  • Equipment


  • Radiocarbon dating, Chronology, AMS, Quaternary


The Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory in Lund performs dating on geological and archaeological samples. Examples of material that we date are wood, charcoal, peat, macrofossils, bone (including cremated bones) and marine shells. The analyses are based on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS).Natural 14C can be used in numerous applications, of which radiocarbon dating, with the possibility for dating back to about 50000 years, is among the best-known and most practiced applications.

Equipment and resources

SSAMS: ‘Single Stage Accelerator Mass Spectrometry’ for AMS-measurement of 14C. Supplier is National Electrostatic Corp. (NEC), Wisconsin, USA.

AGE-3: automated graphitization equipment for graphitization of organic and carbonate material, manufactured by ETH Zurich/Ionplus AG. This is coupled to an elemental analyzer (EA).

Currently, the staff of the Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory consists of six people (a professor, two senior lecturers, two research engineers and a technician), who also perform other duties at the Department of Geology.

Services provided

14C dating, including pre-treatment of samples, graphitization, measurement, evaluation of results and report of uncalibrated and calibrated ages.

-Can be supplemented with δ13C meassurements.

For prizes, see website

Management of the infrastructure

Anne Birgitte Nielsen,, head of laboratory

Available for loan

Available for loan - internal only

Terms of access:

Generally, access to the laboratory is for staff only, to minimize the risk of contamination of samples.
For collaboration work, e.g. for research students, access can be agreed on by contact to the lab, see website.

For prizes, see website

(For already pre-treated samples, special arrangements can be made, contact lab).

Recent research outputs

Florian Adolphi, Raimund Muscheler, Michael Friedrich, Dominik Güttler, Lukas Wacker, Sahra Talamo & Bernd Kromer, 2017 Aug 15, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 170, p. 98-108 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Johannes Edvardsson, Florian Adolphi, Hans W. Linderholm, Christophe Corona, Raimund Muscheler & Markus Stoffel, 2016 Apr 1, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 137, p. 200-208 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Petra Bragée, F. Mazier, Anne Birgitte Nielsen, P. Rosen, Daniel Fredh, Anna Broström, Wilhelm Granéli & Dan Hammarlund, 2015, In : Biogeosciences. 12, 2, p. 307-322 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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