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Recalibrating grave-good chronologies: new AMS radiocarbon dates from Late Bronze Age burials in Lika, Croatia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 February 2019

Emily Zavodny*
Affiliation:
Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
Brendan J. Culleton
Affiliation:
Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Sarah B. McClure
Affiliation:
Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Douglas J. Kennett
Affiliation:
Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Jacqueline Balen
Affiliation:
Arheološki muzej u Zagrebu, Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 19, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
*
*Author for correspondence (Email: emily.zavodny@ucf.edu)

Abstract

Grave-good typologies have traditionally formed the basis for chronological frameworks in many areas of the world, including the Lika region of Croatia. Here, the authors report the first AMS radiocarbon dates from Late Bronze Age Lika (c. 1200–800 BC)—a period assumed to be synonymous with the emergence of the local Iapodian culture. Comparisons between the absolute dates and the relative chronological assignments of key burial contexts show inconsistencies between the dating methods that lead the authors to propose an alternative narrative for Iapodian emergence and socio-political reorganisation at the end of the Bronze Age.

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Antiquity , Volume 93 , Issue 367 , February 2019 , pp. 113 - 127
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Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2019 

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