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Chronostratigraphic Sequence of Santuario della Madonna Cave (Calabria, Southern Italy): AMS Radiocarbon Data from a New Excavation Area

V Calcagnile, G Quarta, M D?Elia, G orentino, F Scarciglia, G Robustelli, M Abate, M F L, A Pezzino

Abstract


The Santuario della Madonna Cave, located near Praia a Mare (Cosenza), along the northwestern coast of Calabria (southern Italy), has an impressive stratigraphy, with occupation phases spanning from the late Paleolithic to the advanced phases of the Middle Bronze Age. Recently, a new excavation area has been opened in the cave from which short-lived vegetal remains were sampled and submitted for accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) radiocarbon dating. The aim of this study was to define an accurate chronology of the different cultural aspects and to explore the potentialities resulting from application of advanced statistical tools for 14C data analysis in such a context.

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