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A stark division is usually drawn between late Roman and early medieval burials in Britain. This has allowed works of synthesis to create opposing datasets of osteological information. A close understanding of the period 300-600C.E. suggests that some graves, currently assigned to the late Roman period, may actually date to the fifth or sixth centuries C.E. Two recent case studies demonstrate this point and radiocarbon dating is advocated as a partial solution. Until radiocarbon dating is more widely deployed many ‘late Roman’ cemetery datasets may contain chronological ambiguities that diminish their significance in wider works of osteological synthesis.
Author(s): Gerrard J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: American Journal of Archaeology
Print publication date: 22/09/2015
Online publication date: 22/09/2015
Acceptance date: 15/10/2014
Date deposited: 24/09/2015
ISSN (print): 0002-9114
ISSN (electronic): 1939-828X
Publisher: Archaeological Institute of America
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