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Thermoluminescence was first clearly described in a paper presented to the Royal Society (of Britain) in 1663, by Robert Boyle, who described the effect in a diamond which had been warmed to body temperature. The possibility of making use of TL stored in a mineral or pottery sample was first proposed by chemist Farrington Daniels in the 1950s. The potential of using thermoluminescence to date buried soils developed on colluvial and fluvial sediments from Utah and Colorado, U. Two forms of luminescence dating are used by archaeologists to date events in the past: thermoluminescence (TL) or thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL), which measures energy emitted after an object has been exposed to temperatures between 400 and 500°C; and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), which measures energy emitted after an object has been exposed to daylight.To put it simply, certain minerals (quartz, feldspar, and calcite), store energy from the sun at a known rate.
If you can measure the rate of acquisition of the stored energy, you can figure out how long it has been since the exposure happened.
This ordering of time throughout the ages serves a purpose, to answer the question: “What is the age? ” In anthropological research, time has always been the great sorting mechanism.
Collectors and travelers of classical times, such as Herodotus, studied historic monuments and produced speculative accounts of prehistory.
Materials of geological origin will have absorbed considerable quantities of radiation since their formation, so any human-caused exposure to heat or light will reset the luminescence clock considerably more recently than that since only the energy stored since the event will be recorded.
The way you measure energy stored in an object that you expect has been exposed to heat or light in the past is to stimulate that object again and measure the amount of energy released.