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Radiocarbon Chronology of the Shigir and Gorbunovo Archaeological Bog Sites, Middle Urals, Russia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2016

Natalia E Zaretskaya
Affiliation:
Geological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Sönke Hartz
Affiliation:
Schleswig-Holstein Archaeological Landsmuseum, Schloss Gottorf, Germany
Thomas Terberger
Affiliation:
Department of Pre- and Protohistory, University of Greifswald, Germany
Svetlana N Savchenko
Affiliation:
Sverdlovsk Regional Museum, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Mikhail G Zhilin
Affiliation:
Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
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Abstract

Two well-known archaeological sites, the peat bogs of Shigir and Gorbunovo (Middle Urals, Russia), have been radiocarbon dated (61 conventional and accelerator mass spectrometry [AMS] dates from various natural and artifact samples). For the first time, a detailed chronology of Early to Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic occupation for this region has been obtained, and a paleoenvironmental history reconstructed. Based on these results, we propose that the Mesolithic settlement of the Middle Urals region started in the early Holocene, at the same time as in central and eastern Europe.

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