About us

We develop new and improved luminescence dating methods, and we apply luminescence dating in collaboration with NCL partners and external users.

The Netherlands Centre for Luminescence dating is a collaboration of six universities and research centres in The Netherlands. Wageningen University hosts the NCL and its facilities. The other NCL partners are Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), Delft University of Technology, Deltares, Leiden University and Utrecht University.

Luminescence dating

Luminescence dating determines the last exposure to light or heat of natural minerals, mainly quartz and feldspar. Thereby the method can be used to determine the time of deposition and burial of sediments, or the time of baking of ceramic artefacts (pottery, brick). The method has a wide age range, covering the period from a few years to half a million years. Luminescence dating is ideally suited for aeolian and coastal deposits, but is increasingly and successfully used for a wide range of other depositional environments (e.g. fluvial, colluvial, anthropogenic).

Main aims of the NCL:

  • Develop new and improved methods for luminescence dating
  • Make luminescence dating widely available for Netherlands research.


The NCL team

Jakob Wallinga – centre director /  researcher

Tony Reimann – researcher, member of NCL management team

Alice Versendaal – analyst / lab manager, member of NCL management team

Erna Voskuilen – analyst

Christina Ankjaergaard – Post-doctoral researcher (NWO-Veni laureate)

Benny Guralnik - post doctoral research (NWO-Veni laureate)