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Radiocarbon dating wooden carvings and skeletal remains from Pitch Lake, Trinidad

Abstract:

Since the mid 19th century, rare prehistoric wooden carvings and human skeletal remains have been dredged from Pitch Lake, Trinidad, during commercial asphalt mining. Establishing a chronology for these objects is challenging, due to both a lack of stratigraphic and contextual information and the necessity to completely remove any pitch to ensure accurate radiocarbon dates. A range of solvent extraction protocols was tested to identify the most suitable one for pretreating the Pitch Lake ar...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1017/RDC.2017.78

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
School of Archaeology
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Grant:
‘Black Pitch, Carved Histories’ AH/L00268X/1
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Radiocarbon Journal website
Volume:
59
Issue:
5
Pages:
1447-1461
Publication date:
2017-10-31
Acceptance date:
2017-06-01
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EISSN:
1945-5755
ISSN:
0033-8222
Source identifiers:
702000
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pubs:702000
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uuid:86bfef4e-163b-4e0c-b2de-e6481fea8675
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pubs:702000
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2017-06-27

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