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Radiocarbon is a destructive process, but with the advent of AMS dating, milligram sized carbon samples are now required. Bone is sometimes challenging to date because of the often low preservation state of the collagen that is found in ancient bone, such as those from the Palaeolithic. Usually we need 400-700 mg of bone for a good attempt at an AMS date, which can make a large hole in a bone or an ugly cut if a saw is used to sample...

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