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(super 14) C wiggle matching of the "floating" tree-ring chronology from the Altai Mountains, southern Siberia; the Ulkandryk-4 case study.

I Y Slusarenko, J A Christen, L A Orlova, Yaroslav V Kuzmin, George S Burr

Abstract


The Bayesian approach to calibration of radiocarbon dates was used to wiggle-match the "floating" tree-ring chronology from a Pazyryk culture (Scythian-type complex from Sayan-Altai Mountain system, southern Siberia) burial ground in order to estimate the calendar age of its construction. Seventeen bidecadal tree-ring samples were (super 14) C dated with high precision (+ or -20-30 yr). The results of wiggle-matching show that the Pazyryk-type burial mounds in the southern Altai Mountains were created in the first part of 3rd century BC.

Keywords


Pazyryk Culture;Ulkandryk archaeological site;Altai Mountains;Altai Sayan region;Bayesian analysis;relative age;case studies;artifacts;precision;statistical analysis;tree rings;archaeology;archaeological sites;Holocene;upper Holocene;correlation;Siberia;Asia;Cenozoic;Quaternary;geochronology;C 14;carbon;dates;isotopes;radioactive isotopes;absolute age

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