Rehydroxylation of fired-clay ceramics: factors affecting early-stage mass gain in dating experiments

M. A. Wilson, S. Clelland, M. A. Carter, C. Ince, C. Hall, A. Hamilton, C. M. Batt

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To obtain accurate results in the RHX dating of ceramics, it is essential that the RHX measurements are continued until the rate of mass gain is constant with (time)1/4. In this paper, we discuss how the initial stages of mass gain are affected by the specific surface area (SSA) of the ceramic material. The paper provides guidance on experimental protocols to avoid dating results being distorted by relatively early-time mass gain data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-702
Number of pages14
Issue number4
Early online date26 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014



  • ceramic dating
  • rehydroxylation
  • fired clay ceramics
  • RHX dating

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