The Reliability of Archaeologic Interpretation of Radiocarbon Dates
Schleswig Holstein Germany
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CitationWillkomm, H. (1983). The reliability of archaeologic interpretation of 14C dates. Radiocarbon, 25(2), 645-646.
PublisherAmerican Journal of Science
DescriptionFrom the 11th International Radiocarbon Conference held in Seattle, Washington, June 20-26, 1982.
Abstract14C dates of a medieval settlement with archaeologically well-dated strata are compared with the true ages of the respective layers. The 14C values indicate that each layer may contain older material reaching up to the beginning of settlement. Therefore, the 14C measurement of only a few wood or charcoal samples may lead to age estimations several hundred years too old.