LUMINESCENCE DATING OF AN ANCIENT WALLED SETTLEMENT IN ORKHON VALLEY, MONGOLIA

Authors

  • Tengis S Institute of Physics and Technology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences
  • Saran S Institute of Physics and Technology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences
  • Munkhbayar L Institute of History and Archaeology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences
  • Bemmann J Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5564/pmas.v57i4.918

Keywords:

Luminescence, OSL dating, quartz, fast component, Orkhon Valley,

Abstract

We investigated the potential of the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) method to date young (<1000 years) samples collected in the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape, Mongolia. Quartz showed an infrared signal; therefore the post-IR OSL method was applied to small aliquots which are considered proxies for single grain measurements. Statistical analysis of the dose distribution produced CAM De of 5.14±0.10 Gy and over dispersion of 47.5%, and MAM De of 3.7±0.6 Gy. Since no partial bleaching was suspected, the analysis of signal composition was done and the fast quartz post-IR OSL lead to De of 4.9±0.2 Gy. Based on the quartz fast component and CAM De we propose the new chronology of ancient construction at 785±80 AD, rather than 906-1125 AD as suggested by archaeological evidence. However, the MAM age is in good agreement with independent age control for construction of the ramparts suggesting the date of reconstruction, collapse or reuse for the square walled enclosure MOR3 during 1090±80AD.

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Published

2018-01-15

How to Cite

S, T., S, S., L, M., & J, B. (2018). LUMINESCENCE DATING OF AN ANCIENT WALLED SETTLEMENT IN ORKHON VALLEY, MONGOLIA. Proceedings of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, 57(4), 4–14. https://doi.org/10.5564/pmas.v57i4.918

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