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The first (super 14) C dating of monuments in European Scythia.

Ganna I Zaitseva, Goran Possnert, Andrey Andr Alekseev


The first radiocarbon dates for the famous monuments of European Scythia were produced for the Kelermes, Seven Brothers, Solocha and Chertomlyk barrows (burial mounds) by both accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) and conventional methods. The obtained (super 14) C dates confirmed the traditional archaeological chronology, which was based on the analysis of written data and typological comparisons of Scythian artifacts with similar objects found in the Ancient East and Greece. The (super 14) C dates for the European Scythian monuments are compared with the Asian ones. The (super 14) C chronology of the European Scythian monuments shows chronological synchronisms between the Asiatic and European monuments. The calibrated ages for the investigated barrows generally agree with the archaeological data.


Chertomlyk Monument;Kelermes Monument;Scythian Platform;Seven Brothers Monument;Solocha Monument;Black Sea region;Caucasus;Northern Caucasus;Iron Age;artifacts;accelerator mass spectra;mass spectra;spectra;Ukraine;archaeology;archaeological sites;Holocene;correlation;Russian Federation;Europe;Commonwealth of Independent States;Asia;Cenozoic;Quaternary;C 14;carbon;dates;isotopes;radioactive isotopes;absolute age

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