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dc.contributor.authorOutram, Zoe*
dc.contributor.authorBatt, Catherine M.*
dc.contributor.authorRhodes, E.J.*
dc.contributor.authorDockrill, Stephen J.*
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T15:01:12Z
dc.date.available2011-01-05T15:01:12Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationOutrama, Z., Batt, C. M., Rhodes, E. J. and Dockrill, S. J. (2010). Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol. 37, pp. 2821-2830.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/4667
dc.descriptionnoen
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents new chronological data applied to the problem of providing a date for the construction of a prehistoric building, with a case study from the Old Scatness Broch, Shetland. The innovative methodology employed utilises the combination of radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dates with the archaeological information, which includes the stratigraphic relationships of sampled deposits, context information, and evidence relating to the formation of the deposit. This paper discusses the scientific validity of the dates produced, and the advantages that the methodology employed at this site offers for archaeological interpretation. The combined dating evidence suggests that the broch at Old Scatness is earlier than the conventionally accepted dates for broch construction. More broadly it shows the value of integration of the specialists at the planning stages of the excavation. The application of a Bayesian statistical model to the sequences of dates allowed investigation of the robustness of the dates within the stratigraphic sequences, as well as increasing the resolution of the resulting chronology. In addition, the value of utilising multiple dating techniques on the same deposit was demonstrated, as this allowed different dated events to be directly compared as well as issues relating to the formation of the sampled deposit. This in turn impacted on the chronological significance of the resulting dating evidence, and therefore the confidence that could be placed in the results.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2010.06.018en
dc.subjectIntegration of chronological and archaeological informationen
dc.subjectShetland, Scotland, UKen
dc.subjectRadiocarbonen
dc.subjectOptically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL)en
dc.subjectBrochen
dc.subjectBayesian statisticsen
dc.titleThe integration of chronological and archaeological information to date building construction: an example from Shetland, Scotland, UK.en
dc.status.refereedYesen
dc.typeArticleen


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