Beta Analytic – Radiocarbon Dating Since 1979

Beta Radiocarbon AMS Dating LabThe Beta Analytic radiocarbon dating lab revolutionized the fields of archaeology and late quaternary geology. Prior to the company’s inception in 1979, radiocarbon dates were scarce and available only through small university laboratories. It took months and sometimes years to obtain carbon dating results. The lab’s commitment to meet the scientific community’s demand for fast yet accurate carbon dating analysis led to immediate success.

Beta Analytic was founded by Murry Tamers, Ph.D. (Yale University), D.Sc. (Universite de Paris Sorbonne) and Jerry Stipp, Ph.D. (Australian National University). They have both been instrumental in the development of radiocarbon dating methodology since 1959 and have published more than 100 papers. Dr. Tamers was a director for university radiocarbon dating labs for twenty years before he commercialized radiocarbon dating analysis as Beta Analytic chairman and lab director.

The company’s dedication to accuracy is at the core of its policies. By innovating new techniques, keeping abreast of the latest technology, and training qualified scientists to stay ahead of demand, Beta Analytic has maintained its firm commitment to quality over the years.

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Why choose Beta Analytic for radiocarbon dating?

Fastest AMS service worldwide: results in 3-14 business days

Beta is able to offer rapid service because all analyses are done in-house. The lab has multiple accelerators with very high redundancy in spare parts ensuring that delivery times are met consistently.

More than 30 years of continuous management and leader in its field

Since 1979, Beta Analytic ​has been​ the world leader in Carbon-14 ​​measurements, having reported thousands of dates since inception. The commitment to high-quality results and service has earned BETA the recognition of governmental, academic, and commercial organizations worldwide.

All analyses performed internally by full-time professionals

The lab has a dedicated full-time staff of technicians and scientists working overtime, if necessary, to meet its promised delivery times. The lab does not engage in “satellite dating” – the practice of preparing individual graphite samples in remote chemistry labs then subcontracting to an AMS facility for the measurement.

Unlimited technical support

Beta Analytic’s research associates and technical managers welcome discussion before, during, and after the analyses. Clients are not charged for technical support.

Secure online access to results, sample photos, and quality assurance reports

Clients have online access to results from any device and can download calibration and QA reports 24/7 via the mobile-responsive results portal on the lab’s website.

Customer support in 9 languages

Beta Analytic has representatives offering assistance and advice in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese.

Prompt response to inquiries within 24 hours

Beta Analytic has a dedicated customer support team providing shipping assistance to a global clientele and offering technical support throughout the submittal and analytical procedure by email, phone, or website chat.

Prices in all major currencies

Depending on your region, the lab can provide prices in EUR, GBP, JPY, KRW, RMB, TWD and USD.

Convenient shipping to multiple forwarding facilities

The lab has forwarding offices in London, UK; Madrid, Spain; Xiamen, China; Nagoya, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and Taipei, Taiwan. All packages shipped to these offices are forwarded to Miami, Florida, via overnight courier service at Beta Analytic’s expense.

Tracer-free laboratory – we do not accept biomedical samples

To eliminate the risk of cross-contamination, the lab does not accept pharmaceutical samples with “tracer Carbon-14” or any other material containing artificial radiocarbon (14C).

First ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited Carbon-14 dating laboratory worldwide

Beta Analytic was the first radiocarbon dating laboratory to be accredited ISO/IEC 17025:2017 worldwide operating in conformance with ISO 9001:2008 management system requirements.

Since 2008, the lab has been annually awarded the ISO 17025 accreditation after undergoing third-party audits conducted by Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation (PJLA), showing that Beta Analytic’s technical abilities, management, facilities, and business operations have been consistently maintained to the highest possible standards.

Results are published in highly regarded academic journals

Our dates are part of thousands of publications in high impact factor journals worldwide such as Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), to name a few.

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