How much does carbon dating cost?

Beta Analytic’s radiocarbon dating cost varies by material type and service requested.

Please indicate the following information in the form below so we can provide the appropriate prices.

1. Carbon Dating Services 

  • AMS Standard – results are reported in 14 business days or less
  • AMS Priority – 6 business days or less
  • AMS Time Guide – 2-3 business days (not applicable to bones or sediments)

2. Material Type (e.g. non-heated bones, charcoal, sediment)

3. Currency (USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, KRW, RMB or TWD)

If you need an estimate or quotation, please also indicate the number of samples per material and the billing address of the paying institution.


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    Materials Not Accepted for AMS Dating

    The laboratory does not undertake radiocarbon dating of:

    • manuscripts, objects of art or other valuable or priceless items unless they are submitted and paid for by a recognized governmental agency, major museum, or other official agency investigating the materials as part of multidisciplinary scholarly process.
    • Samples with “tracer Carbon-14” or any materials that have been artificially enhanced with Carbon-12, Carbon-13, Carbon-14 or any other isotope

    To meet the requirements of the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and not abet trade of looted cultural property, Beta Analytic does not date art works, artifacts or antiquities from private persons, antiquities dealers, auction houses or private collections.


    Stable Isotope Analysis 

    Beta Analytic also provides stable isotope analysis of various samples including:

    Bones (Cremated), Organics and Water DIC – δ13C
    Bones (Non-cremated) – δ13C + δ15N
    – δ13C + δ15N + %C + %N + C:N
    Carbonates – δ13C + δ18O
    Water – δD
    δ17O
    – δ18O
    – δD + δ18O
    – δD + δ18O plus δ13C on water DIC

    Other Topics:
    Beta Analytic’s Payment Terms
    Beta Analytic Webinars
    Demand a Tracer-Free Laboratory for Radiocarbon Dating


    Page last updated: March 2021