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Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory

14C analysis and dating using the latest AMS technology - applications for archaeology, geology, antiquities, environmental science and others.


The worlds oldest continuously operating radiocarbon laboratory, Rafter Radiocarbon, is a department within the National Isotope Centre and has a long history in radiocarbon dating.

From its first radiocarbon measurement in 1951 to the installation of a new compact AMS in 2010 this facility has been at the forefront of radiocarbon analysis. Read all about it in the media release.


New compact mass spectrometer at the Rafter Laboratory facility.

We provide a full radiocarbon dating service for research and commercial clients worldwide. In just the past 10 years over 25,000 samples have been measured from clients in New Zealand and throughout the world.

As well as the AMS facility, the Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory operates a modern, well equipped sample processing laboratory.

A recent HALI Textiles magazine (Issue 174; pg26 - 29) article written by Dr Christine Prior on radiocarbon dating and calibration in an antiquities context written is available here:


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