the International Radiocarbon Soils Data Base is the central shelter for all radiocarbon data gained on soil samples worldwide.
Individual researchers as well as dating laboratories are contributing the data.

Hans-Wilhelm Scharpenseel passed away

One of our main data contributors and initiators of the IRSDB, my former PhD advisor and friend, Prof. Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Scharpenseel died on March 5, 2015 at the age of 91. He was a pioneer in 14C dating of soils and the application of various isotopes in soil science. He made many friends worldwide in the radiocarbon community as well as in the german and international soil science community.

Age Models, Chronologies, and Databases Workshop in Belfast

This workshop, from Jan. 12-16, 2014 in Belfast, organized by Eric Grimm and Marten Blaauw and funded by the PAGES program, was a must for me, because it fitted perfectly to my recent activities on the IRSDB. Also, I have never been in Ireland nor in Northern Ireland, which is different. Driving in a local taxi through the working class quarters of rainy Belfast, we got an impression why. Some people here have been using to live in the past for a long time, causing terrible troubles. What a difference to our workshop. We are also dealing with the past, but our excitement is very peaceful, coming together, helping each other to overcome barriers between scientific disciplines, to serve the community. Using chemicals and machines … Continue reading

Update and bug fixing

Several updates to the blog software to solve security issues have been finished today. Additionally, the favicon bug was fixed.