Radiocarbon calibration in the Anglo-Saxon period: AD 495-725

Gerry McCormac, A. Bayliss, Michael Baillie, David Brown

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    Radiocarbon dating has been rarely used for chronological problems relating to the Anglo-Saxon period. The "flatness" of the calibration curve and the resultant wide range in calendrical dates provide little advantage over traditional archaeological dating in this period. Recent advances in Bayesian methodology have, however, created the possibility of refining and checking the established chronologies, based on typology of artifacts, against 14C dates. The calibration process, within such a confined age range, however, relies heavily on the structural accuracy of the calibration curve. We have therefore re-measured, at decadal intervals, a section of the Irish oak chronology for the period AD 495–725. These measurements have been included in IntCal04.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1123-1125
    Number of pages3
    Volume46 (3)
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

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    • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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