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Thermoluminescence dating is described in details in many publications (Aitken, 1985, 1990).
This crossing of approaches constitutes an asset for this period for which the question of reused material is systematically raised.
In spite of the little number of samples available due to the limited area of welle preserved remains, 5 samples are enough to get a sufficiently accurate age of this structure.
However, the dates that are to be obtained are only representative of this little part of the whole castle building.
Therefore, samples of brick for luminescence dating were taken from the remaining little tower.
Results indicate a chronology later than assumed: second part of the 12th century and first part of 13 Le donjon d’Avranches représente un des rares témoins de l’architecture castrale anglo-normande.