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Two Clocks: A Comparison of Ceramic and Radiocarbon Dates at Macapainara, East Timor

Fenner, Jack; Bulbeck, F David


Radiocarbon analysis and ceramic typology assessment are commonly used to date late Holocene archaeological sites in Island Southeast Asia. We apply both methods to date the site of Macapainara in East Timor, and they produce substantially different age ranges for this site. The radiocarbon dates are consistently later in time than ceramic typology dates from the same or adjacent stratigraphic levels. We assess the various sources of error for the two dating techniques that could produce this...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Asian Perspectives
DOI: 10.1353/asi.2013.0005


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