Abstract

Thermoluminescence (TL) analyses of Quaternary nearshore marine sediments from the Hudson Bay Lowland revealed relatively high light emissions and linear growth curves to at least 400 Gy above the natural dose. Initial results indicate that anomalous fading may be circumvented by a preheating at 150 °C for 16 h without substantial thermal draining of stable TL components. Both the total bleach method with unfiltered sunlamp light and the partial bleach method with light blocked below 400 nm resulted in overbleaching and thus overestimates of age. A TL age estimate of 5.3 ± 0.8 ka on the Holocene control sample, similar to the radiocarbon age, was obtained using the partial bleach method with light blocked below 540 nm. This same method yielded an average TL age estimate of 73 ± 10 ka for a Pleistocene unit, which corresponds to the amino-acid-based age estimate of ca. 76 ka. The agreement of the two age estimates is encouraging, since both methods rely on separate assumptions that have not been independently verified.

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