Luminescence dating of mammoth remains from Northern Switzerland
2012 (English)In: Quaternary Geochronology, ISSN 1871-1014, Vol. 10, no SI, 257-263 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Remains of at least two individuals of woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) were discovered after blastings in a limestone quarry located on the southern slope of the Jura Mountains, northern Switzerland. During the subsequent excavation two blocks were taken for luminescence dating from the sediment surrounding the remains; the deposits are interpreted to represent the filling of a karst hole. Luminescence dates on the polymineral and purified quartz fine grain fraction are compared to those obtained for single grains of quartz and small aliquots of quartz as well as feldspar coarse grains. All approaches give ages consistent within the dating uncertainties and are interpreted to prove the robustness of the dating results. The age of the sediment of ca. 63 ka indicates deposition during Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 4, thus, during a time when Switzerland experienced rather cold climatic conditions. These are some of the oldest numerically dated woolly mammoth remains of Europe.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 10, no SI, 257-263 p.
Luminescence dating, Karst hole, Woolly mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius, Switzerland
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81284DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2012.02.007ISI: 000307195300040OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-81284DiVA: diva2:563500
13th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating (LED), JUL 10-14, 2011, Torun, POLAND