Including Explicit Priors on Phase Duration in Bayesian 14C Dating
Re-Evaluating the Dates for Basal Knossos and for Nea Nikomedeia (Early Aegean Neolithic)
Keywords:radiocarbon dates, Neolithic, clay stamps, Knossos, Nea Nikomedeia
Bayesian modelling of radiocarbon dates directly integrates information obtained through archaeological analysis. Here, I explain how to add known information/reasonable assumptions about the length of a deposition phase, using the example of date sequences from two Early Neolithic communities in the Aegean whose dating has been hotly debated, i.e. basal Knossos (Crete) and Nea Nikomedeia (Northern Greece). The consequences of the re-evaluation of their dates are discussed for the broader picture of the Neolithisation in the Aegean and for the chronology of the regional use of stamps.
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