Online Radiocarbon Sample Submission

Sample Size and Considerations

Details on our sample pretreatments

Interpretation of Radiocarbon Results

Royal Irish Academy grants for radiocarbon dates

Irish Quaternary Association grants for radiocarbon dates

British Quaternary Research Association grants for radiocarbon dates

The 14CHRONO Centre provides 14C AMS radiocarbon dates on a wide variety of materials.

  • The cost per sample is currently £280 + VAT where applicable.
  • There is an additional charge of £25 for samples needing collagen extraction (bone and antler) or cellulose extraction.
  • Bone sample charge will be reduced to £25 if insufficient collagen is produced
  • There is a per sample surcharge of £5 for returning excess sample material.
  • We do NOT do authenticity testing of art and artefacts or date anything with a potential commercial value

δ13C will be measured on the AMS for fractionation correction for the radiocarbon age. δ13C, δ15N and C:N will be run for bones on our EA-IRMS at no extra charge assuming there is sufficient sample material .

Please contact us for current turnaround times.

If you want to submit samples either Stephen Hoper ( or Paula Reimer ( can assign you a login and PIN.

Once you have a PIN please go to the Online Radiocarbon Sample Submission page at and complete your contact and invoice details. When you submit samples please fill in the required details (if weight is not known then estimate or enter 1). You will assigned a UB number for each sample which will be used to trace it through the laboratory. Please put this number on your sample package. Please print out the submission sheet, retaining a copy for your records, and send with the samples so we can double check that Sample_ID numbers and UB numbers match.


  • We will send an invoice to the address on the submission sheet when the date certificates are issued unless otherwise agreed.
  • We cannot invoice second parties unless their invoice details are on the submission.
  • We cannot invoice more than one party for a sample submission.
  • Payment must be made in GBP only.


A purchase order is required from institutions and organizations. In the absence of a purchase order advance payment is required but please be sure to include 20% VAT (within the EU).


  • soil
  • water
  • plants
cannot be accepted from outside the European Union


While we do everything we can to process all samples with care, samples can be lost at any stage of the process. We cannot be liable for lost samples or the consequences thereof beyond the price paid for the analysis. If at all possible retain a portion of each of your samples in the unlikely event of loss in shipment or in the laboratory.