Seeking the Holy Grail
Robust chronologies from archaeology and radiocarbon dating combined
Keywords:Radiocarbon dating; bone samples; laboratory methods; Bayesian chronological modelling; earliest LBK; Vinča; Ražište; Hinkelstein
The strengths of formal Bayesian chronological modelling are restated, combining as it does knowledge of the archaeology with the radiocarbon dating of carefully chosen samples of known taphonomy in association with diagnostic material culture. The risks of dating bone samples are reviewed, along with a brief history of the development of approaches to the radiocarbon dating of bone. In reply to Strien (2017), selected topics concerned with the emergence and aftermath of the LBK are discussed, as well as the early Vinča, Ražište and Hinkelstein sequences. The need for rigour in an approach which combines archaeology and radiocarbon dating is underlined.
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