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The Dating Game: The Dialogue between Absolute and Relative Techniques in the British Iron Age

Author(s): Derek Hamilton

Year: 2017

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The traditional approach to the Iron Age (c. 800 cal BC–cal AD 43) has been to construct complex chronologies based on artefact typologies. Historically, radiocarbon dating was eschewed in this period, because it was thought to offer less precision than artefact dating. Such views are becoming increasingly untenable, and recent Iron Age research is showing that typological dating produces sequences that are regularly too late.

This paper will draw upon British Iron Age research from across the last decade to explore how chronologies based in scientific-dating and developed within a Bayesian framework can allow us to explore events and investigate processes. Furthermore, it will argue that by maintaining an open dialogue with the 'traditional' dating techniques, it often is possible to come to a reconciliation and thus new forms of understanding.


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The Dating Game: The Dialogue between Absolute and Relative Techniques in the British Iron Age. Derek Hamilton. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430499)


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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): 15002

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