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Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory

The Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory in Lund performs dating on geological and archaeological samples. Examples of material that we date are wood, charcoal, peat, macrofossils, bone and marine shells. The analyses are based on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS).

Natural 14C can be used in numerous applications, of which radiocarbon dating, with the possibility for dating back to about 50000 years, is among the best-known and most practiced applications. Radiocarbon dating is based on the property that the activity concentration of 14C in dead tissues can be used to calculate the time that has elapsed since death occurred. This is possible since all living organisms contain nearly the same proportion of radioactive carbon in their carbon stores and since, upon the death of the organism, the carbon which survives decomposition continuously loses 14C by its radioactive decay.


Basic price
The basic price is 3600 SEK (excl. VAT) for one normal 14C-dating.

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Reporting time
At present (January 2018) it is estimated that it takes 3-4 months (excluding periods when the laboratory is closed for holidays) from the arrival of a sample until we report the result to the customer. This applies to normal samples, and the time varies depending on the type of material. Reporting time for fast handling is maximum 6 weeks but normally 3-4 weeks.

All samples submitted for dating must be accompanied by a sample description form.

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Customer inquiries and sample submission

Prices and sample submission 

Customer inquiries, geological and archaeological samples

Associate professor Mats Rundgren
+46 46 222 7856
Mats [dot] Rundgren [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se

Customer inquiries, active samples, aerosol samples
Associate professor Kristina Stenström
+46 46 222 7643
Kristina [dot] Stenstrom [at] nuclear [dot] lu [dot] se


Mats Rundgren

Mats Rundgren (customer contact)

Raimund Muscheler

Raimund Muscheler (head of the laboratory)


Laboratory staff, from left: Mats Rundgren (Ass. professor), Raimund Muscheler (Professor), Anne Birgitte Nielsen (PhD), Ingemar Hansson (Res. engineer), Mattias Olsson (Res. engineer), Göran Skog (Ass. professor) and Git Klintvik Ahlberg (Technician).
Laboratory staff, from left: Mats Rundgren (lecturer), Raimund Muscheler (professor), Anne Birgitte Nielsen (lecturer), Ingemar Hansson (research engineer), Mattias Olsson (research engineer), Göran Skog (lecturer) and Git Klintvik Ahlberg (technician).