Scientific Dating in Archaeology [Paperback]

Seren Griffiths(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789255621 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Studying Scientific Archaeology | Volume: 5 | Year of Publication: 2022 | 256p, H9.5 x W6.7, b/w
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Scientific Dating in Archaeology


A variety of techniques have been developed to provide scientific chronologies of archaeological sites and material culture. These chronologies under-pin the narratives that are generated for prehistoric and other periods. The application of Bayesian statistical analysis to scientific chronologies has been hailed as ‘a revolution in understanding’, and has brought renewed emphasis onto how we generate scientific chronological data, how these data are applied into wider narratives, and the epistemological importance of these data. This volume will provide a timely review of the methods, applications and challenges of applying different scientific dating techniques to archaeological sites and material culture. It will then provide an introduction to Bayesian modelling, and highlight a series of considerations in the application of scientific dating techniques.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction – Dr Seren Griffiths
Chapter 2 Dendrochronology –Dr Martin Bridge (UCL) and Dr Seren Griffiths 
Chapter 3 Radiocarbon – Dr Seren Griffiths  
Chapter 4 Luminescence – optically simulated and thermoluminescence – Dr Abi Stone (Manchester University), Dr Seren Griffiths, with ‘critical friend’ Prof Ian Bailiff (Durham University) 
Chapter 5 Archaeomagnetic Dating –Dr Cathy Batt and Dr Seren Griffiths
Chapter 6 Uranium Series Dating –Prof Alistair Pike and Dr Seren Griffiths
Chapter 7 Palynological and other macrofossil reconstruction –Dr Suzi Richer and Dr Seren Griffiths  
Chapter 8 On Site – project design and sampling strategy for scientific dating – Dr Seren Griffiths
Chapter 9 Analysing Datasets – Bayesian statistical modelling – Dr Seren Griffiths and TBC Prof Tom Higham
Chapter 10 Writing Histories – combining statigraphic analysis, finds, and multi-technique scientific datasets in narratives – Dr Seren Griffiths

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