Seeking the Holy Grail

Robust chronologies from archaeology and radiocarbon dating combined

  • Eszter Banffy Römisch-Germanische Kommission, Frankfurt am Main
  • Alex Bayliss University of Stirling, Historic England, London, UK, and Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Anthony Denaire University of Burgundy, Department of Archaeology and Art History
  • Bisserka Gaydarska Cardiff University, Department of Archaeology and Conservation
  • Daniela Hofmann Bergen University, Department of Archaeology
  • Philippe Lefranc University of Strasbourg, Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives
  • Janos Jakucs Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Archaeology, Research Centre for the Humanities
  • Miroslav Marić Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, The Institute for Balkan Studies
  • Krisztian Oross Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Archaeology, Research Centre for the Humanities
  • Nenad Tasić Belgrade University, Faculty of Philosophy
  • Alasdair Whittle Cardiff University, Department of Archaeology and Conservation
Keywords: Radiocarbon dating; bone samples; laboratory methods; Bayesian chronological modelling; earliest LBK; Vinča; Ražište; Hinkelstein

Abstract

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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Published
2018-12-29
How to Cite
Banffy, E., Bayliss, A., Denaire, A., Gaydarska, B., Hofmann, D., Lefranc, P., Jakucs, J., Marić, M., Oross, K., Tasić, N., & Whittle, A. (2018). Seeking the Holy Grail. Documenta Praehistorica, 45, 120-137. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.45-10
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