The University of Arizona

Archaeological Radiocarbon Dates for Studying the Population History in Eastern Fennoscandia

M Oinonen, P Pesonen, M Tallavaara

Abstract


In this work, archaeological radiocarbon data gathered from eastern Fennoscandia have been scrutinized to discuss their suitability for studies of population history. The temporal distribution of the archaeological 14C dates has been analyzed against possible research priorities and sample material deterioration. An outstanding ?Stone Age? maximum has been

observed in practically all the displayed temporal date distributions. The pattern remains the same throughout the history of 14C dating in Finland. Due to sample material differences, equal taphonomic corrections based on 14C-dated volcanic deposits cannot account for all the sample degradation effects; therefore, material-dependent correction procedures are suggested.

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