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Using the TL single-aliquot regenerative-dose protocol for the verification of the chronology of the Teutonic Order Castle in Malbork

Using the TL single-aliquot regenerative-dose protocol for the verification of the chronology of the Teutonic Order Castle in Malbork

By ALICJA CHRUŚCIŃSKA, BERNARD JESIONOWSKI, HUBERT L. OCZKOWSKI and KRZYSZTOF R. PRZEGIĘTKA

GEOCHRONOMETRIA, Vol.30 (2008)

Abstract: The Teutonic Order Castle in Malbork is one of the precious medieval monuments in Europe. Because of the lack of natural rock resources in Pomerania, its walls are built almost exclusively of bricks. The huge volume and rich historical knowledge about the Malbork Castle makes it a marvellous object for TL dating. The parts of well known age can serve for the verification and improvement of dating method. Subsequently, gained in such way knowledge and experience can be applied for discovering the history of the rest of the castle. Here, the preliminary results of investigations which are still in progress, are presented for 5 brick samples. The applied TL dating procedure is described in detail. The very good accuracy of equivalent dose is achieved by the TL single-aliquot regenerative-dose protocol. The effect of wall inhomogeneity connected with the difference between the activity of the brick and mortar is discussed.

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