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The radiocarbon reservoir effect: new evidence from the cemeteries of the middle and lower Dnieper basin, Ukraine

Lillie, Malcolm; Budd, Chelsea; Potekhina, Inna; Hedges, Robert

Authors

Malcolm Lillie M.C.Lillie@hull.ac.uk

Chelsea Budd

Inna Potekhina

Robert Hedges



Abstract

This paper presents preliminary results of new radiocarbon dating of human, faunal and fish skeletal remains from a number of the cemeteries from the Middle and Lower Dnieper Basin, Ukraine. The results appear to demonstrate the presence of a radiocarbon reservoir effect during the Neolithic-Eneolithic periods, the first time that this has been identified in this region. The data indicate that the radiocarbon reservoir effect is currently only evident during these periods, and not in the earlier Epipalaeolithic-Mesolithic periods, prompting the suggestion that the radiocarbon reservoir effect is associated with elevated fish consumption from the Neolithic period onwards. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009-02
Journal JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Print ISSN 0305-4403
Electronic ISSN 1095-9238
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 2
Pages 256-264
APA6 Citation Lillie, M., Budd, C., Potekhina, I., & Hedges, R. (2009). The radiocarbon reservoir effect: new evidence from the cemeteries of the middle and lower Dnieper basin, Ukraine. Journal of archaeological science, 36(2), (256-264). doi:10.1016/j.jas.2008.09.005. ISSN 0305-4403
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2008.09.005
Keywords Radiocarbon reservoir effect; Prehistoric cemeteries and sites; Human bone; Faunal remains; Fish bone
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440308002057?via%3Dihub
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