Journée d'étude "Bâtir en terre 3. De la méthode à la pratique: la construction en terre/bois" Actualités 31st Annual Meeting of the Mesolithic Workgroup

Cours, enseignements, formations


20-23 February 2023




Dating is a key part of archaeology, because of the common need for objects and events of interest to be dated, so that they can be arranged in the correct temporal sequence. But how confident are you in understanding and interpreting chronological data? This short course will introduce participants to the basics of geochronology with the focus on three key methods: palaeomagnetism, radiocarbon and optical dating.  Participants will learn the basics of each method as well as their relative strengths and weaknesses. The course provides a practical approach to sampling and the interpretation of age estimates, including their accuracy and precision. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the practicalities of designing dating programs and building simple Bayesian age models. Such models are commonly employed to construct chronological frameworks for archaeological settings.



On successful completion of this short course, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the fundamental basis, advantages and limitations of palaeomagnetism, radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence dating and their application to archaeological contexts;
2 . Critically evaluate the quality and reliability of individual age estimates obtained using different techniques;
3. Apply knowledge of chronological techniques and site formation processes to link age estimates with sedimentary context;
4. Locate, synthesise and evaluate data to investigate and propose answers to chronological questions;
5. Construct simple Bayesian chronological models.


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