Speleothems were subdivided according to lithological features the main indicators for separating samples for dating were surfaces indicating a break in calcite deposition as a rule the outermost layers were dated to determine termination of calcite deposition if appropriate the oldest layers were used for 14c dating.
Radiocarbon has been relatively underused as a dating technique in speleothems principally because radiocarbon dating of the calcite requires corrections for issues such as the dead carbon proportion dcp meaning that most of the studies to date have focused on younger material where detection of the bomb spike allows for more.
radiocarbon dating of a speleothem record of paleoclimate for angkor cambodia article c samples for dating speleothems hua et al 2012a went further to.
Radiocarbon evidence for decomposition of aged organic matter in the vadose zone as the main source of speleothem carbon quaternary science reviews vol 127 p 37.
Radiocarbon 14 c offers an alternative method of dating stalagmites but issues associated with the dead carbon fraction dcf have historically hindered this approach here a novel 14 cbased method for dating stalagmites is presented and discussed.
Stable isotopes studies by dots and for the radiocarbon dating by patches for a the stalactite from gupteswar cave and b the stalag mite from dandak cave.