Dating pots

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(Photo: Sagnlandet Lejre)Danish Stone Age settlements may turn out to be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years younger than we thought.A physicist from Aarhus University has together with archaeologists at the Gottorp Castle Museum in Northern Germany made a startling discovery: if ancient people prepared their fish in clay vessels, it’s impossible to date this accurately.Biological distance analysis suggests that the population was matrilocal, therefore the men moved to the area to “date” and marry their wives.

The discovery has some fairly frightening implications because it’s crucial to archaeology to have steady fixation points in the dating work.This presentation will detail the new radiocarbon and biological data and discuss the implication of pots and pottery at the Palmer site.Maranda Kles is a bioarchaeologist and forensic anthropologist.She was born is Sarasota and earned her Ph D from the University of Florida.She is an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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