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Title: The impact of Bayesian chronologies on the British Iron Age
Authors: Hamilton, William Derek
Haselgrove, Colin
Gosden, C.
First Published: 9-Jun-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: World Archaeology, 2015
Abstract: Radiocarbon dating was long neglected in Iron Age research, with dates on the ‘Hallstatt plateau’ (800–400 BC) considered too broad to be useful compared to artefact typo-chronologies. Such views are now untenable. Around fifty British Iron Age settlements and cemeteries have been dated using Bayesian methodologies, yielding two important general results: (1) typological dating produces sequences that are regularly too late; and (2) many phenomena, from chariot burials to settlement shifts, represent brief horizons, rather than being long lived. Drawing on a selection of studies, this article explores the impact of Bayesian modelling on British Iron Age studies. It highlights potential pitfalls and issues that must be considered when dating the period, illustrates some major successes and looks to the future.
DOI Link: 10.1080/00438243.2015.1053976
ISSN: 0043-8243
eISSN: 1470-1375
Embargo on file until: 9-Dec-2016
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in World Archaeology 09 Jun 2015
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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