What is thermoluminescence dating used for
We have 3 fully automated, computer operated Riso Minisys TL readers for measuring the TL.
Sample discs are mounted on a wheel and the readers are programmed to run heating and irradiation sequences.
54 samples were analyzed by radioisotope X-ray fluorescence; 51 of them come from Tel Jamous archaeological site in Sahel Akkar region, Syria, which fairly represent ceramics belonging to the Middle Bronze Age (2150 to 1600 B.
C.) and the remaining three samples come from Mar-Takla archaeological site fairly representative of the Byzantine ceramics.
Unfortunately there are no affordable direct methods for dating pigments, except in some cases as we will see later.
These complicated factors are analyzed and discussed.
This treatment revealed two main groups; the first one contains only the three samples M52, M53, and M54 from Mar-Takla site, and the second one contains samples that belong to Tel Jamous site (local).