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I attempted to separate smoke-derived carbon from carbon derived from clay by variable-temperature burning. First, using liquid scintillation counting (LSC) and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), I dated experimental potsherds containing these two sources of carbon. I used the same techniques to date archaeological samples. The results on archaeological sherds confirm the difficulty of establishing a standard procedure for pottery dating. Nevertheless, reliable dates on smoke-blackeneddoi:10.1017/s0033822200030745 fatcat:nud3bpplpfhlvnmdw72lo5pu4q