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Thor’s (Bone) New Hammer?

We continue on with 14CHRONO's Pack giving us our next update on the radiocarbon dating process....

Before we can clean up (pretreat) our bone it needs to be crushed or broken up into small fragments. Most of our work is very quiet and delicate so its nice to get to swing a hammer and make some noise occasionally. The hammer we use isn’t a normal hammer – it’s made of copper. Because the hammer head is made from a soft metal, with enough use it eventually wears out or becomes too dented to continue using. Our old hammer (left) has battered 734 bones so it is time to replace it with a new one (right). It’s going to get plenty of use on Viking dog bones so perhaps Thor’s hammer is an appropriate name for it after all.

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