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Problems associated with the AMS dating of small bone samples: the question of the arrival of Polynesian rats to New Zealand

Higham, Thomas F. G.; Hedges, Robert E M; Anderson, Atholl; Ramsey, Christopher Bronk; Fankhauser, Barry L


We have AMS dated samples of Pacific rat (Rattus exulans) bone "collagen" and filtered gelatin samples from the prehistoric site of Shag River Mouth, New Zealand. The age of occupation of this site has previously been determined based on 50 radiocarbon measurements. The site dates to the late Archaic phase of southern New Zealand prehistory (about 650-500 BP; 14th-15th century AD). The results of rat bones which we have dated produce a range in ages, from about 980-480 BP, a difference we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Radiocarbon


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