Direct dating of Neolithic pottery: progress and prospects

Bonsall, C., Cook, G., Manson, J.L. and Sanderson, D. (2002) Direct dating of Neolithic pottery: progress and prospects. Documenta Praehistorica, XXIX, pp. 47-59.

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Pottery sherds can be dated by four methods: (i) stylistic features; (ii) luminescence analysis of minerals within the sherd; (iii) 14C assay of carbon on or within the sherd; and (iv) archaeomagnetic intensity of the sherd. Each method has its own sources of uncertainty. The results obtained by the various methods are reviewed, and the conclusion reached that a combination of at least two of the methods, where possible, is recommended in order to enhance confidence in the validity of the outcome.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sanderson, Professor David and Cook, Professor Gordon
Authors: Bonsall, C., Cook, G., Manson, J.L., and Sanderson, D.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Documenta Praehistorica

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