Compared to all other datable materials mortar has the great advantage of existing in abundance in the original, from every stage of construction. For our team focusing on developing the method further therefore became a great challenge. If successful the method could provide the key to innumerable unsolved questions, both in Medieval and in Classical archaeology.
We have now reached a stage when we feel ready to share our knowhow with others who are interested in the method, providing more information about the sampling procedures, the preparatory work and the interpretation of the results.
We also want to present our team and our international network of scholars, with contact information to the different collaborating 14C AMS Laboratories involved and a bibliography for your orientation in the history of mortar dating.
Hopefully you will find this information helpful. Please feel free to comment on our homepages, we welcome any suggestions for improving the method of dating mortar.
The research group