From dates to demography in later prehistoric Ireland? Experimental approaches to the meta-analysis of large 14C data-sets

Ian Armit*, Graeme T. Swindles, Katharina Becker

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Abstract

We present a series of iterative methods to examine the problems associated with summed probability functions (SPFs) based on archaeological radiocarbon data. As a case study we use an SPF generated from a substantial radiocarbon data-set from the Irish Later Bronze and Iron Ages. We use simple numerical methods to show that real patterns can be deciphered from SPFs that can be used to trace and evaluate patterns of change. However, our results suggest that SPFs should not be used as a simple index of past human activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-438
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume40
Issue number1
Early online date07 Sep 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AMS
  • Demography
  • Ireland
  • Radiocarbon
  • Summed probability functions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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