Archaeological radiocarbon dates and ancient shorelines: resources and reservoirs

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Abstract

The shore displacement of the Baltic Sea has been one of the major dating tools for the prehistoric archaeologists in Finland, and the application of radiocarbon dating has largely improved the quality and the accuracy of the age determination of the prehistoric cultures. The newly compiled archaeological radiocarbon dates database has been used to study ancient population history of Finland. This paper considers the possibilities and challenges of using the archaeological radiocarbon database to study the ancient shorelines of the Baltic Sea. Preliminary results from spatial analyses are presented. In addition, due to complex history of the sea, time-dependent reservoir effect is considered. In this contribution a joint interdisciplinary project is suggested to evaluate this complication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSeminar on Sea Level Displacement and Bedrock Uplift : Pori, Suomi 10-11.6.2010
EditorsAri T. K. Ikonen, Tarmo Lipping
Number of pages11
PublisherPosiva
Publication date2011
Pages119-129
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventSeminar on Sea Level Displacement and Bedrock Uplift - Pori, Finland
Duration: 10 Jun 201011 Jun 2010

Publication series

NamePosiva Working Reports

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology

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