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Towards a standardized discussion of priors in Bayesian analyses of 14C dated archaeological periods: a study based on the dates from Gjøsund
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History (JAAH), E-ISSN 2001-1199, no 19, 1-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on Swedish and Scandinavian contract archaeology and 14C dating. It is a follow-up of a case study by Diinhoff and Slinning (2013), who discuss the 14C dating of a house from the Early Iron Age at Gjøsund, Ålesund, Norway. Their discussion is methodical and well-focussed, but intuitive when it comes to analysing 14C dates as probability distributions. Taking the case study forward, the same house is dated again using the same 14C dates. In the present contribution, the discussion is meant to suggest a more standardized approach to the chronological analysis of 14C dates of periods, such as the lifetime of a house. Having presented a methodical procedure, Diinhoff and Slinning’s case is updated following the suggested procedure. Finally, their 14C dates are introduced to Bayesian statistics using the BCal calibration tool, Beck et al. (1999).

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Uppsala, 2016. no 19, 1-28 p.
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Chronology; Methodology; Bayesian statistics; BCal calibration tool; Contract archaeology; Early Iron Age; West Norway; Gjøsund.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300845OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-300845DiVA: diva2:972550
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