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Very few sites use the 410 response code. If I recall correctly, Google has said that they don't treat it any differently from a 404.
If you are certain that the URLs will no longer have content on them, you could also use a 410 HTTP result code, to signal that they are "gone" forever. We may still crawl the URLs (especially when we find new links), but we generally see a 410 HTTP result code as being more permanent than a 404 HTTP result code (which can be transient by definition).
If I cannot control the server how can I implement a 410?
Is there a htacess / rewrite statement?
If there's already a 301 for that URL, then Google would never see the noarchive.