These facilities are the catalyst for research collaborations with many other institutions.RESET (Response of Humans to Abrupt Environmental Transitions)AHOB3 (Ancient Human Occupation of Britain)Dating of the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic transition in western Europe using ultrafiltration AMS radiocarbon Madagascar Lake Suigetsu 2006 Varved Sediment Core Project Origins of Nationhood: A New Chronology for the Formation of the Egyptian State Towards a Decadally-Resolved Radiocarbon Calibration for the Last Glacial Period Using New Zealand Kauri Ox Cal (Oxford radiocarbon Calibration and chronological analysis program)Palaeo Chron - see also recently funded projects for the NERC radiocarbon facility.Throughout history, time has been defined in a variety of ways: by everything from the current ruler, or empire, or not defined at all.For periods without a historic record, attempts have been made to categorize tool kits, pottery styles, and architectural forms into regional timelines.
Different cultures around the world record time in different fashions.
This calendar, with the months January through December, is a business standard used in many places round the world to define the year: one which hearkens back to Christian and Roman Imperial precedents.
But other timekeeping methods exist and are still used in the modern world, circumventing the easy processing of dates and history between cultures.
Thomas Higham is Deputy Director of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, Oxford University.
Radiocarbon dating is one of the most widely used scientific dating methods in archaeology and environmental science.