Abstract

Radiocarbon determinations were obtained for archaeological sites at Cemetery Bay and Emily Bay, Norfolk Island. Sample materials were rat bone gelatin, marine shell and wood charcoal. Ages on bone gelatin are contradictory and suggest a laboratory problem, while ages on marine shell appear to include an old-carbon offset of 500-600 years: dates on these samples are consistent with those on charcoal when appropriate corrections are made. Ages on charcoal were divided according to the expected inbuilt age of the sample taxa. The samples with lowest inbuilt age were subjected to Bayesian analysis which concluded that the main archaeological site, at Emily Bay, had been occupied from the early thirteenth to the early fifteenth centuries A.D. The Norfolk Island settlement occurs within the same age range as other Polynesian settlements of southern islands.

 
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Short Form
Anderson et al., 2001, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 27: 33–42
Author
Atholl Anderson; Tom Higham; Rod Wallace
Year
2001
Title
The radiocarbon chronology on the Norfolk Island archaeological sites
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume
27
Start Page
33
End Page
42
DOI
10.3853/j.0812-7387.27.2001.1337
Language
English
Date Published
28 November 2001
Cover Date
28 November 2001
ISBN
ISBN 0-7347-2305-9
ISSN
0812-7387
CODEN
RAMSEZ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ARCHAEOLOGY; NORFOLK ISLAND; MAMMALIA: RODENTIA
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28 November 2001
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28 November 2001
Reference Number
1337
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