Extended Radiocarbon Calibration in the Anglo-Saxon Period, AD395-485 and AD735-805

Gerry McCormac, A. Bayliss, David Brown, Paula Reimer, Michelle Thompson

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Radiocarbon dating has been used infrequently as a chronological tool for research in Anglo-Saxon archaeology. Primarily, this is because the uncertainty of calibrated dates provides little advantage over traditional archaeological dating in this period. Recent advances in Bayesian methodology in conjunction with high-precision 14C dating have, however, created the possibility of both testing and refining the established Anglo-Saxon chronologies based on typology of artifacts. The calibration process within such a confined age range, however, relies heavily on the structural accuracy of the calibration curve. We have previously reported decadal measurements on a section of the Irish oak chronology for the period AD 495–725 (McCormac et al. 2004). In this paper, we present decadal measurements for the periods AD 395–485 and AD 735–805,which extends the original calibration set.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
Volume50 (1)
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008


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