Refining the Chronology of the Neolithic Settlement at Pool, Sanday, Orkney: Implications for the Emergence and Development of Grooved Ware

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    • Ann MacSween
    • John Hunter
    • Alison Sheridan
    • Julie Bond
    • Christopher Bronk Ramsey
    • Paula Reimer
    • Alex Bayliss
    • Seren Griffiths
    • Alasdair Whittle

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    New radiocarbon dates for the Neolithic settlement at Pool on Sanday, Orkney, are interpreted in a formal chronological framework. Phases 2.2 and 2.3, during which flat-based Grooved Ware pottery with incised decoration developed, have been modelled as probably dating to between the 31st and 28th centuries cal bc. There followed a hiatus of a century or so, before the resumption of occupation in Phase 3, which has a different Grooved Ware style featuring the use of applied decoration. This has been modelled as probably dating from the 26th to the 24th centuries cal bc. The implications of these results are discussed for the emergence and development of Grooved Ware, and for the trajectory of settlement and monumentality on Sanday.


    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages28
    Pages (from-to)283-310
    JournalProceedings of the Prehistoric Society
    Journal publication date2015
    Early online date03 Sep 2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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