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

Philippe Crombé UGent, Erick Robinson UGent, Mathieu Boudin UGent and Mark Van Strydonck (2013) ARCHAEOMETRY. 55(3). p.545-562
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.
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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
journal title
ARCHAEOMETRY
Archaeometry
volume
55
issue
3
pages
545 - 562
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000317002600011
JCR category
GEOSCIENCES, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
JCR impact factor
1.328 (2013)
JCR rank
104/174 (2013)
JCR quartile
3 (2013)
ISSN
0003-813X
DOI
10.1111/j.1475-4754.2012.00693.x
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2917947
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2917947
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2012-06-25 13:03:30
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2015-06-17 10:09:00
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  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},
}

Chicago
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.
APA
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.
Vancouver
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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.
MLA
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.