Freshwater reservoir effect (FRE) on re-dating of the prehistoric Eurasian Steppe cultures

S.V. Svyatko, Paula Reimer

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There is a major problem with dating human skeletal material in Eurasian
steppe, possibly due to the freshwater reservoir effects (FRE). The goal of the
project is to examine the extent of the FRE in key areas of Siberia and
Kazakhstan through AMS 14C dating and stable isotope (δ13C, δ15N, δ34S)
analysis of c. 150 archaeological and modern samples. Here, we present the
very first results of the tests. We hope that within next years the study will
provide advanced knowledge of FRE across the region; improved 14C sampling
protocols for 14C and isotopic studies; new data on the chronology, diet and
isotopic ecology of particular archaeological sites, and a database on the
extent and variability of the FRE in the region
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2014
EventRadiocarbon and Diet - Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany
Duration: 24 Sep 201426 Sep 2014


ConferenceRadiocarbon and Diet

Bibliographical note



  • freshwater reservoir effect
  • Eurasian steppe


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