Statistics sunspots and settlement: Influences on sum of probability curves

Thomas Kerr, Finbar McCormick

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    Large data sets of radiocarbon dates are becoming a more common feature of archaeological research. The sheer numbers of radiocarbon dates produced, however, raise issues of representation and interpretation. This paper presents a methodology which both reduces the visible impact of dating fluctuations, but also takes into consideration the influence of the underlying radiocarbon calibration curve. By doing so, it may be possible to distinguish between periods of human activity in early medieval Ireland and the statistical tails produced by radiocarbon calibration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)493-501
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
    Early online date01 Oct 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Radiocarbon
    • Ireland
    • Early Medieval


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