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Calibration of Mangerud'S Boundaries

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2016

Adam Walanus
Department of Geoinformatics, AGH University of Science and Technology, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków, Poland.
Dorota Nalepka
W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Lubicz 46, 31-512 Kraków, Poland.
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The “calibration” of arbitrarily defined (in some sense, “conventional”) ages, given in conventional radiocarbon years BP, is now becoming necessary because the term “radiocarbon age” is used less often in archaeological and Quaternary practice. The standard calibration procedure is inappropriate here because Mangerud's boundaries are not measurement results. Thus, another approach to the problem is proposed in order to model the natural situation of many, uniformly distributed, dated samples, which should be similarly divided by the original and “calibrated” boundary. However, the result depends on the value of the typical measurement error and is not unequivocal.

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