Radiocarbon dating cost
Samples that require additional cleaning steps—for example materials with applied surface coatings, or where multiple fractions are dated—will cost more.
Discounts are given for academic and non-profit organizations.
If all samples in a batch are unsuitable for dating, we reserve the right to charge an inspection fee of NZD50 plus the MPI fee of NZD35.^ Measured by CRDS (precision 0.3 per mil).
Please read our pages on sample weight requirements, and if you are unsure about the suitability of your sample please contact us.
C dating service is for samples yielding at least 0.5 mg of carbon after chemical pretreatment (often acid-alkali-acid treatment of organic material).
This is an inspection fee levied by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI - formarly MAF) on all samples coming into New Zealand. Very small samples (less than 300 mg) are analyzed by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS).We have subcontractor agreements with several AMS facilities around the world. Typically, this is NZD100 for pretreatment and NZD200 for pretreatment and combustion, but charges may vary depending on the sample type.
All samples that have undergone pretreatment and subsequently found to be unsuitable for dating, or abandoned for another reason, may incur a part charge.We offer a wide range of services handling many different sample types, each requiring a different protocol.