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Leary, Jim Canti, Matthew Field, David Fowler, Peter Marshall, Peter and Campbell, Gill 2013. A Further Neolithic Monumental Mound by the River Kennet.
Issues in the absolute chronology of the Early-Middle Bronze Age transition in Sicily and southern Italy: a Bayesian radiocarbon view.
The importance of independent chronology in integrating records of past climate change for the 60–8 ka INTIMATE time interval. Now a new revolution beckons, one that could allow archaeology to engage in historical debate and usher in an entirely new kind of (pre)history.
Since then, the revolution has continued, as the extent of calibration has been extended ever further back and as the range of material that can be dated has been expanded.
Cumulative probability functions and their role in evaluating the chronology of geomorphological events during the Holocene.
Bogs, Bodies and Burnt Mounds: Visits to the Soar Wetlands in the Neolithic and Bronze Age.
Radiocarbon dating is especially good for determining the age of sites occupied within the last 26,000 years or so (but has the potential for sites over 50,000), can be used on carbon-based materials (organic or inorganic), and can be accurate to within ±30-50 years.
Probably the most important factor to consider when using radiocarbon dating is if external factors, whether through artificial contamination, animal disturbance, or human negligence, contributed to any errors in the determinations.
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