Luminescence dating of a Paleolithic site in the Aegean islands


Survey and ongoing excavations at the Stélida chert source and prehistoric stone tool quarry on the island of Naxos in the Aegean have yielded numerous lithic artifacts of Paleolithic and Mesolithic types. One implication is that the Greek islands may have been inhabited prior to the emergence of anatomically modern humans, a conclusion also drawn from a recently discovered site on Crete (Strasser et al JQS 2011). The Naxos site may be older, and its associated corpus of lithic material is vastly larger. Establishing a robust chronology for that material requires a carefully designed absolute dating program that integrates studies of stratigraphy, taphonomy, and lithic typology with context-appropriate deep-time radiometric methods. To this end we have started a program of luminescence dating of sediments from the quarry and surroundings using infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) of potassium feldspars. Some initial results are presented.

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Luminescence dating of a Paleolithic site in the Aegean islands. James Feathers, Tristan Carter, Daniel Contreras, Christelle Lahaye, Katheryn Campeau. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429084)

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

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Abstract Id(s): 15447