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C14 Radiocarbon Dating - Sample - SUERC-2098

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Scottish Radiocarbon Database


A piece of hazel charcoal (Sample 2077) from a sealed layer 2813/4 of sand within the makeup of the henge bank. The sand overlay the peat beneath the bank, and was sealed by other layers of bank construction. The bank construction material was almost certainly upcast from digging the ditch, and it is most likely that this charcoal resulted from clearing the site of vegetation ahead of construction, although it is possible that it relates to hearth fires contemporary with construction. Monograph text says These layers represented the ‘capping’ of the bank, and produced rwo radiocarbon determinations on charcoal fragments, of 50 – 240 AD (SUERC-2097) and 120 BC – 170 AD (SUERC-2098) (both at 95.4 % probability). At this level the full extent of two of the field drains excavated in Trench F were revealed, along with a large amount of animal disturbance.

Canmore ID 65681

Map Number NX97SE

Site type Henge (Neol/bronze Age), Ard

Site number 13

NGR 295380 572130

Council 170

County 17


Lab Analysis ID SUERC-2098

Material Dated Charcoal (Corylus avellana)

Sponsor HS

Uncalibrated date bp +/- error 2020 bp +/-35

Uncalibrated date ad/bc +/- error 70 bc +/-35

Delta -25.8

Calibration program used No

Calibration curve used No

From information compiled by Patrick Ashmore