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C dating of carbon samples of 10s to 100s of micrograms is now quite feasible and commonly undertaken.

This has opened up the possibility to date single compounds or groups of compounds that can be linked to particular biological processes or reservoirs, hence providing samples that can be directly linked to specific archaeological questions.

The Freshwater Reservoir Effect (FRE) is a more recently observed occurrence, whose magnitude can be significantly greater and variable than that of the MRE.

While hard-water effects have been long recognised, the transfer of this effect through the food chain had largely been ignored until the late 1990s.

In practice several different dating techniques must be applied in some circumstances, thus dating evidence for much of an archaeological sequence recorded during excavation requires matching information from known absolute or some associated steps, with a careful study of stratigraphic relationships.