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Rapid climate change and demographic decline at the end of the Irish Bronze Age

Author(s): Ian Armit ; Graeme Swindles ; Katharina Becker ; Gill Plunkett ; Maarten Blaauw

Year: 2016

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The accumulation of large 14C data-sets over recent decades provides archaeologists with a substantial resource which has only recently begun to be systematically explored. Such data-sets offer the potential to explore temporal variations in the intensity of past human activity at a range of geographical scales, although the ‘reading’ of such data is far from unproblematic. One area of clear potential is the relationship between patterning evident in 14C and palaeoclimate data-sets. In this paper we examine the substantial 14C data-set available for Ireland in the Later Bronze and Iron Ages (1200 BC – AD 400) in relation to the high-precision proxy climate data available for the region. In particular we will focus on the period of rapid climatic transition evident at c.750 cal. BC.

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Rapid climate change and demographic decline at the end of the Irish Bronze Age. Ian Armit, Graeme Swindles, Katharina Becker, Gill Plunkett, Maarten Blaauw. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404172)


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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