Abstract Four lime mortar samples from the Mérida amphitheatre in Spain were dated in 2001 and re-dated in 2019 with refined dating methods and focus on carbon dioxide that was released in late CO2 fractions when dissolved in phosphoric acid. The samples were difficult to date because they contained highly soluble, young carbonate contamination that dominated the carbon dioxide from the early stages of the reaction with the acid in the hydrolysis process. They were also rather hydraulic and rich in magnesium, which could have caused delayed hardening. However, there was very little dead carbon contamination so that late carbon dioxide fraction gave uniform 14C ages, pointing to a late 1st c. AD Flavian, or later age of the amphitheatre.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Sep 2020|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
|Event||CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 13TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “METHODS OF ABSOLUTE CHRONOLOGY” JUNE 5-7TH, 2019, TARNOWSKIE GORY, POLAND: CONFERENCE “METHODS OF ABSOLUTE CHRONOLOGY” JUNE 5-7TH, 2019, TARNOWSKIE GORY, POLAND - Tarnowskie Gory, Poland|
Duration: 5 Jun 2020 → 7 Jun 2020