Such burial dating is best suited to older settings, however, such as Palaeolithic stone artefacts that have been buried for hundreds of thousands of years, and so is not likely to be useful in the currently understood Scottish context.
A blog of Dr Greg Balco of the Berkeley Geochronology Center in California has a very useful and up-to-date discussion of the issues associated with burial dating and its application ( accessed 15 July 2011).
Surface exposure dating is widely used to provide ages of deglaciation for Scotland (e.g.
Stroeven (1996) for the raised rock platforms of Lismore).
TCNs can also be used to determine catchment-averaged rates of erosion, provided certain conditions can be met (Dunai 2010, 122).