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The moraines have calcium carbonate contents of up to 20% ( for details on the study area).In the same region, the impact of the freshwater reservoir effect on radiocarbon dating of pottery was studied.Water rich in dissolved ancient calcium carbonates, commonly known as hard water, is the most common reason for the freshwater reservoir effect. Although it has been known for more than 60 years, it is still less well-recognized by archaeologists than the marine reservoir effect.The aim of this study is to examine the order of magnitude and degree of variability of the freshwater reservoir effect over short and long timescales.This will provide an overview of use to archaeologists who consider dating materials which may be affected by a FRE. Here, the short-term variability of the freshwater reservoir effect in the rivers Alster and Trave is measured.The author hopes that this paper can serve as a useful introduction to the FRE for researchers who are not familiar with this topic. Blank map of Europe by commons.wikimedia user Júlio Reis. Both rivers run through a morainal landscape from the last two glaciations.The freshwater reservoir effect can result in anomalously old radiocarbon ages of samples from lakes and rivers.This includes the bones of people whose subsistence was based on freshwater fish, and pottery in which fish was cooked.
One of the basic assumptions in radiocarbon dating is that a sample incorporates carbon in equilibrium with the atmosphere. The marine reservoir effect is well-acknowledged among archaeologists, although the knee-jerk subtraction of 400 years from radiocarbon dates of marine samples might be too simplistic in some cases.Mesolithic pottery, maybe the earliest in that region, was found at the sites Kayhude at the Alster and Schlamersdorf at the Trave. Today, after the construction of a dam, Kilen is a brackish embayment.As Kilen was naturally protected from strong currents, storms and wave action in the past, a continuous sediment sequence has been preserved.At least theoretically, the freshwater reservoir effect (FRE) has been known for a longer time than the marine reservoir effect.The most common cause of high apparent ages in freshwater systems is the presence of dissolved ancient carbonates, leading to the so-called hardwater effect.