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The early history of Moscow; (super 14) C dates from Red Square.

Alexander L Alexandrovskiy, Johannes van der Plicht, Nikolay Krenke, Olga A Chichagova, Nikolai N Kovaliukh, Leopold D Sulerzhitsky

Abstract


For the first time, a series of (super 14) C dates has been obtained for samples from the archaeological excavations in Red Square, the historical center of Moscow. The remains of burned dwellings from the bottom of the cultural layer were dated as well as dispersed charcoal from the underlying plough soil. The results correspond to a 200-yr time interval and prove that arable activity at the site began as early as the late 11th century AD. The field belonged to Moscow itself or to rural settlements nearby. The oldest dwelling was built ca. the late 12th-early 13th century AD.

Keywords


Moscow Russian Federation;Red Square Moscow;land use;artifacts;trees;archaeology;Holocene;upper Holocene;soils;Russian Federation;Europe;Commonwealth of Independent States;Cenozoic;charcoal;Quaternary;C 14;carbon;dates;isotopes;radioactive isotopes;absolute age

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