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Building a Global 14C Database

Author(s): Andrew Martindale ; Konrad Gajewski ; Michelle Chaput ; Pierre Vermeersch ; Carley Crann

Year: 2017

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Since the launch of the upgraded Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database (CARD) in April 2015, CARD has expanded to contain more than 70% of the world’s online 14C archaeological dates across six continents. CARD’s transformation into a global repository raises concerns about access, security, protocols, management, capacity and the prospects and long-term future of a single, comprehensive global 14C archaeological database. CARD is a template for that global database Here we present a comparison of the world’s 14C databases and review their histories and capacities to situate CARD’s growth and capabilities. We identify the common elements for a universal data platform and argue that such an ambition should be a priority for reseachers and 14C laboratories.


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Building a Global 14C Database. Andrew Martindale, Konrad Gajewski, Michelle Chaput, Pierre Vermeersch, Carley Crann. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429435)


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Abstract Id(s): 14518

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