Absolute Chronology of the Early Formative Revisited: Bayesian Analysis, Radiocarbon Chronology, and the Emergence of Pottery in the Americas
Author(s): John Hoopes
In 1987, the author’s doctoral dissertation featured a comprehensive analysis of calibrated radiocarbon dates associated with the earliest ceramic complexes in the Americas towards a model for the emergence of sedentary lifeways. This resulted in a critical evaluation of James Ford’s posthumously published model for the Early Formative diffusion of pottery as well as other cultural features in a region extending from the Southeastern U.S. through Mesoamerica and the Isthmo-Colombian Area to the central Andes. This paper provides a detailed update on the current absolute chronology for initial ceramic technology in the Americas, applying revised radiocarbon date calibration standards and Bayesian statistical analysis to evaluate how three decades of additional, accumulated data have contributed to our models for the invention and diffusion of Formative ceramic technology, patterns of cultural interaction, and their relationship to emergent social complexity.
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Absolute Chronology of the Early Formative Revisited: Bayesian Analysis, Radiocarbon Chronology, and the Emergence of Pottery in the Americas. John Hoopes. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 402956)
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