A Critical Review of Radiocarbon Dates Clarifies the Human Settlement of Madagascar


This is an abstract from the "Global Perspectives on Climate-Human Population Dynamics During the Late Holocene" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The timing and subsequent environmental impacts of the human settlement of Madagascar remain key topics of debate in archaeology. Located approximately 250 miles off the East African coast, Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, appears to have been one of the world’s last large landmasses to be settled by people. Radiocarbon dating of archaeological sites and remains of butchered animals on Madagascar provide important evidence of when the island was first settled and how subsequent settlement progressed. The reliability of existing archaeological radiocarbon dates on Madagascar, however, requires critical evaluation. Here we apply principles of chronometric hygiene to assess existing radiocarbon dates and clarify the island’s human settlement.

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A Critical Review of Radiocarbon Dates Clarifies the Human Settlement of Madagascar. Sean Hixon, Kristina Douglass, Henry Wright, Brooke Crowley, Laurie Godfrey. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451455)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -18.721; min lat: -35.174 ; max long: 61.699; max lat: 27.059 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 24439