Dating archeological ceramics from the Valley of Vitor, Arequipa by the TL method

N. F. Cano, E. C. Arizaca, Jessica Mosqueira Yauri, J. S.A. Arenas, S. Watanabe

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations


The age of some ancient pottery from the Valley of Vitor in the region of Arequipa, Peru, is determined by the thermoluminescence (TL) method. For dating, a 325°C TL peak was used and irradiation with γ-dose from 5 to 50Gy was carried out for the additive method, and from 0.4 to 5Gy for the regeneration method. For these dose values, the TL intensity is observed to grow linearly,obtaining an accumulated dose of 1.62±0.09Gy and 1.36±0.03Gy for the additive and regeneration methods, respectively. The age (A) of the sample was calculated by the two methods, being A=867±195 years after Christ (AC) for the additive method and A=1050±157 years AC for the regeneration method. Both results are within 800-1200 years AC, which is the period of the Wari culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-577
Number of pages6
JournalRadiation Effects and Defects in Solids
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors wish to thank Ms. E. Somessari and Mr. C. Gaia, Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Brazil, for kindly carrying out the irradiation of the samples. This work was carried out with financial support of the FAPESP.


  • Ancient pottery
  • Dosimetry
  • Quartz
  • Thermoluminescence


Dive into the research topics of 'Dating archeological ceramics from the Valley of Vitor, Arequipa by the TL method'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this