Dating Works of Art through Their Natural Radioactivity: Improvements and Applications

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Science  26 Apr 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3826, pp. 413-415
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3826.413


The method for approximately dating white lead, which is based upon the decay of lead-210 present in recently refined lead, has been modified to circumvent potential interferences. The modified method has been applied to additional samples of known age and finds increased utility through special treatment of the obtained data. The method was also successfuilly applied to a number of interesting problems of authentication.

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