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The New Zealand Radiocarbon Database contains radiocarbon determinations and associated information for almost 3000 dates obtained from archaeological sites in this country over the past 40 years. Included are radiocarbon results from 7 laboratories, which are listed in the table below.


  Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences', Lower Hutt, NZ (samples dated using Gas proportional counting)
  Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory (samples dated using AMS)
  Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ
  Radiocarbon Laboratory, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  Radiocarbon Laboratory, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  Yale Geochronometric Laboratory, Yale University, USA
  Beta Analytic Inc, Miami, Florida, USA
  Radiocarbon Laboratory, Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan

Contact Details
Any queries regarding the use of this site should be made to:

Dr Fiona Petchey - phone (07) 838 4278

Dr Bruce McFadgen - phone (04) 4736 206

The Department of Conservation, The University of Waikato, and the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd. advise that this database should be used with caution. A great deal of information pertaining to the radiocarbon samples listed here is contained in laboratory forms held by the respective institutions that provided the radiocarbon assays. More specific and detailed information regarding the samples and their interpretation is contained in published data, site reports, theses and Historic Places Trust reports which ought to also be consulted to place the data in its fuller perspective. For further details relating to specific samples, we recommend you to contact the laboratory and/or the original archaeologists and submitters.