Late Glacial 14C Ages from a Floating, 1382-Ring Pine Chronology Academic Article uri icon


  • We built a floating, 1382-ring pine chronology covering the radiocarbon age interval of 12,000 to 10,650 BP. Based on the strong rise of ?14C at the onset of the Younger Dryas (YD) and wiggle-matching of the decadal-scale ?14C fluctuations, we can anchor the floating chronology to the Cariaco varve chronology. We observe a marine reservoir correction higher than hitherto assumed for the Cariaco site, of up to 650 yr instead of 400 yr, for the full length of the comparison interval. The tree-ring ?14C shows several strong fluctuations of short duration (a few decades) at 13,800; 13,600; and 13,350 cal BP. The amplitude of the strong ?14C rise at the onset of the YD is about 40, whereas in the marine data set the signal appears stronger due to a re-adjustment of the marine mixed-layer ?14C towards the atmospheric level.

publication date

  • 2004