Abstract

The partial bleach (R–Γ) procedure of thermoluminescence (TL) dating of unheated sediments has been applied to the 2–4 μm sized feldspar-dominated grains from two components of a 10–11 ka BP glaciolacustrine silt. A previous TL study of the 4–11 μm sized feldspars from a ~12 cm thick summer layer of this varved deposit did not produce the correct age. Here it is shown that the 2–4 μm feldspar grains from a contiguous, 5 mm thick clay-rich winter varve give a satisfactory TL apparent age of 14.2 ± 2.3 ka. On the other hand, and consistent with the previous results, the 2–4 μm feldspar grains from the thicker summer layer yield an incorrect high apparent age of 55 ± 13 ka. These results have implications for general TL dating of waterlaid sediments.

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