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Radiocarbon dating of Mesolithic open-air sites in the coversand area of the North-West European Plain: problems and prospects

(2013) ARCHAEOMETRY. 55(3). p.545-562
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This paper discusses the problems with sampling materials and sampled contexts in the framework of radiocarbon dating of Mesolithic sites situated in generally dry, acid and bioturbated coversand deposits within north-western Europe. The case studies presented all relate to the coversand regions of northern Belgium and the Netherlands, two areas for which very large sets of radiocarbon dates performed on different organic components are currently available. The study points out that charred hazelnut shells from surface hearths and charcoal from hearth pits guarantee the most secure dating results, while the dating of calcined bones and food crusts from Final Mesolithic pottery so far remains problematic.
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C-14 DATES, POTTERY, NETHERLANDS, FOOD RESIDUE, HEARTHS, CREMATED BONES, RADIOCARBON DATES, MESOLITHIC, COVERSAND DEPOSITS, CHARRED HAZELNUT SHELLS, CHARCOAL, CALCINED BONES, FOOD CRUSTS, NW EUROPE

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Crombé, Philippe, Erick Robinson, Mathieu Boudin, and Mark Van Strydonck. 2013. “Radiocarbon Dating of Mesolithic Open-air Sites in the Coversand Area of the North-West European Plain: Problems and Prospects.” Archaeometry 55 (3): 545–562.
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Crombé, Philippe, Robinson, E., Boudin, M., & Van Strydonck, M. (2013). Radiocarbon dating of Mesolithic open-air sites in the coversand area of the North-West European Plain: problems and prospects. ARCHAEOMETRY, 55(3), 545–562.
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Crombé P, Robinson E, Boudin M, Van Strydonck M. Radiocarbon dating of Mesolithic open-air sites in the coversand area of the North-West European Plain: problems and prospects. ARCHAEOMETRY. 2013;55(3):545–62.
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Crombé, Philippe, Erick Robinson, Mathieu Boudin, et al. “Radiocarbon Dating of Mesolithic Open-air Sites in the Coversand Area of the North-West European Plain: Problems and Prospects.” ARCHAEOMETRY 55.3 (2013): 545–562. Print.
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  abstract     = {This paper discusses the problems with sampling materials and sampled contexts in the framework of radiocarbon dating of Mesolithic sites situated in generally dry, acid and bioturbated coversand deposits within north-western Europe. The case studies presented all relate to the coversand regions of northern Belgium and the Netherlands, two areas for which very large sets of radiocarbon dates performed on different organic components are currently available. The study points out that charred hazelnut shells from surface hearths and charcoal from hearth pits guarantee the most secure dating results, while the dating of calcined bones and food crusts from Final Mesolithic pottery so far remains problematic.},
  author       = {Cromb{\'e}, Philippe and Robinson, Erick and Boudin, Mathieu and Van Strydonck, Mark},
  issn         = {0003-813X},
  journal      = {ARCHAEOMETRY},
  keyword      = {C-14 DATES,POTTERY,NETHERLANDS,FOOD RESIDUE,HEARTHS,CREMATED BONES,RADIOCARBON DATES,MESOLITHIC,COVERSAND DEPOSITS,CHARRED HAZELNUT SHELLS,CHARCOAL,CALCINED BONES,FOOD CRUSTS,NW EUROPE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {545--562},
  title        = {Radiocarbon dating of Mesolithic open-air sites in the coversand area of the North-West European Plain: problems and prospects},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4754.2012.00693.x},
  volume       = {55},
  year         = {2013},
}

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