The IR signal appears to have comparable stability to that of the green-stimulated signal and TL — no worse, no better; it has the advantage over both that it is more easily bleachable by daylight.

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We suggest that some grains have older optical ages because they receivedinsufficient exposure to sunlight before burial.

The presence of such grains in a sample will cause age overestimates using multiple-grain methods, whether using thermoluminescence or optical dating.

were based on thermoluminescence ages of 50–75 thousand years (kyr) for quartz sands associated with buried circular engravings (pecked cupules) and on thermoluminescence ages of 116–176 kyr for the underlying artefact-bearing deposits.

Here we report substantially younger optical ages for quartz sand, and ages based on measurements of radioactive carbon in charcoal fragments, from the occupation deposit.

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This was not expected, and suggests that the process of trap emptying is more complex than we had envisioned, but implies a far greater than expected degree of technical flexibility for the optical dating method. Although carefully collected, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Differing provisions from the publisher's actual policy or licence agreement may be applicable.

Optical dating was developed primarily for sediments (though application to pottery has also been made) and has the particular advantage over thermoluminescence (TL) that at deposition the latent signal is orders of magnitude smaller: this is particularly important for sediments deposited in water.

Here we report a new application of optical dating.