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Early Prehistoric Flint Mining in Europe: a Critical Review of the Radiocarbon Evidence


Between History and Archaeology : papers in honour of Jacek Lech


Consuegra, Susana ; Díaz-del-Río, Pedro


Archaeopress Archaeology

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Oxford; England

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il. ; 29 cm

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radiocarbon chronology ; flint mine ; Prehistoric Europe ; Mesolithic ; Neolithic


This paper presents the first comprehensive database for radiocarbon dates from European flint mines, result of reviewing a considerably dispersed literature. The database contains 476 radiocarbon dates relating to 56 mines in 14 European countries. Out of all, we have selected the earliest dates in order to review their quantity and quality. Our analysis suggests that Mesolithic and early Neolithic radiocarbon dates for European flint mines are few in number, many have unclear or poorly reported contexts, and most have samples of questionable quality. We conclude that efforts should be directed towards obtaining a better radiocarbon dataset, based on contextual precision, sample quality, and statistical robustness of radiocarbon sequences


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