Direct dating of Neolithic pottery: progress and prospects

  • C. Bonsall Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
  • G. Cook Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, East Kilbride
  • J. L. Manson Ohio Historic Preservation Office, Columbus, Ohio
  • D. Sanderson Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, East Kilbride
Keywords: Neolithic, pottery, dating, stylistic features, radiocarbon, luminescence, archaeomag- netism

Abstract

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.

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Published
2002-12-22
How to Cite
Bonsall, C., Cook, G., Manson, J. L., & Sanderson, D. (2002). Direct dating of Neolithic pottery: progress and prospects. Documenta Praehistorica, 29, 47-59. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.29.5
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