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Decoupling Decoration and Dates: A New Absolute Chronology for the Transylvanian Middle Bronze Age

Author(s): Colin Quinn

Year: 2015

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Metal from southwest Transylvania fueled the development of inequality and regional polities across Eastern Europe during the Bronze Age. However, little is known about the communities in the resource-rich region. Through regional survey, test excavation, and digitization of existing collections, the Bronze Age Transylvania Survey (BATS) Project seeks to understand the long-term dynamics of social organization throughout the Middle Bronze Age in southwest Transylvania (2000-1400 BC). A robust chronology is critical to monitoring contemporaneous variability across the region and change through time in social, political, and economic organization. However, current models for the structure and dynamics of Bronze Age communities in Transylvania are based on a previously untested relative dating system based on ceramic seriation. In this poster, I present a new radiocarbon-based chronology for the Middle Bronze Age. These new dates challenge our understanding of the social significance of ceramic decoration as well as the long-term dynamics of social complexity in Bronze Age societies.

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Decoupling Decoration and Dates: A New Absolute Chronology for the Transylvanian Middle Bronze Age. Colin Quinn. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397189)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America