For example figures, normally modeled, may be carved out of brick or assembled out of fragments.These will give an authentic date for a bogus object. Should I be concerned about artificial irradiation? If the radioactivity of the pottery itself, and its surroundings, is measured, the dose rate, or annual increment of dose, may be computed.
This radiation may in some cases contribute over half the total dose.
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The age of the pottery, in principle, may then be determined by the relation Age = Accumulated dose / Dose per year Although conceptually straightforward, TL has proven to to be far from simple in practice.
The clay cores from lost wax metal castings may readily be tested.
Heated stone material, such as hearths, pot boilers, and burnt flints, has been dated as well.
The thermoluminescence technique is the only physical means of determining the absolute age of pottery presently available.