Do 14C dates always turn into an absolute chronology? The case of the Middle Neolithic in western Lesser Poland

Marek Nowak

Abstract


In the late 5th, 4th, and early 3rd millennia BC, different archaeological units are visible in western Lesser Poland. According to traditional views, local branches of the late Lengyel-Polgár complex, the Funnel Beaker culture, and the Baden phenomena overlap chronologically in great measure. The results of investigations done with new radiocarbon dating show that in some cases a discrete mode and linearity of cultural transformation is recommended. The study demonstrates that extreme approaches in which we either approve only those dates which fit with our concepts or accept with no reservation all dates as such are incorrect.

Keywords


western Lesser Poland; Middle Neolithic; absolute chronology; 14C dating



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4312/dp.44.15

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Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts
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