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Black pitch, carved histories: Radiocarbon dating, wood species identification and strontium isotope analysis of prehistoric wood carvings from Trinidad's Pitch Lake

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We report on the results of a multi-disciplinary project (including wood identification, radiocarbon dating and strontium isotope analysis) focused on a collection of pre-Columbian wooden carvings and human remains from Pitch Lake, Trinidad. While the lake's unusual conditions are conducive to the survival of organic artefacts, they also present particular challenges for analysis. There is a loss of any contextual association beyond that of the lake, and specific methodologies are required to...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.08.018

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University of Oxford
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Oxford, SSD, Archaeology
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University of Oxford
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Oxford, SSD, Archaeology
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports Journal website
Volume:
16
Pages:
341-358
Publication date:
2017-11-06
Acceptance date:
2017-09-24
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ISSN:
0305-4403
Pubs id:
pubs:742152
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uri:ccd89b8d-893e-413e-8735-3f73d1a51b48
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uuid:ccd89b8d-893e-413e-8735-3f73d1a51b48
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pubs:742152

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