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Using DosiVox to Reconstruct Radiation Transport through Complex Archaeological Environments

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Department of Geology, Lund University, 223 62 Lund, Sweden
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Research & Development, Greenbyte, Östra Hamngaten 16, 411 06 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Methods Protoc. 2019, 2(4), 91; https://doi.org/10.3390/mps2040091
Received: 8 October 2019 / Revised: 24 November 2019 / Accepted: 26 November 2019 / Published: 11 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Methods in Dating and Other Applications using Luminescence)
The DosiVox programme is used to reconstruct radiation transport in complex depositional environments. Using two archaeological case studies from ancient Egypt, the burial environments for a selection of ceramic vessels are reconstructed using the DosiVox programme, allowing the simulation of the emission and transport of radiation throughout these burial environments. From this simulation we can extract the external dose rate of the archaeological samples, a measurement necessary for determine a luminescence age. We describe in detail how DosiVox can be used to best advantage at sites with complex depositional histories and highlight that DosiVox is a valuable tool in luminescence dating. This work illustrates that DosiVox is, at present, unparalleled in reconstructing a more accurate and detailed external gamma dose rate which can significantly improve upon simplistic scaled geometric models.
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Keywords: optically stimulated luminescence dating; ceramics; DosiVox; radiation dose modelling; environmental dose rate; complex burial environments; Egyptian archaeology optically stimulated luminescence dating; ceramics; DosiVox; radiation dose modelling; environmental dose rate; complex burial environments; Egyptian archaeology
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