Radiocarbon Dates

We have three radiocarbon dates from Ava’s burial. Two from the human bones, and a third from the cattle scapula. Work has been undertaken by Derek Hamilton of SUERC to determine a combined date for Ava, using these three samples.

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Three results from radiocarbon dating sample (copyright Derek Hamilton – SUERC)

The results have shown that at 68% probability, Ava dates to 2290-2200 cal BC, or at 95% probability 2300-2145 cal BC. This places Ava in the Scottish Chalcolithic, or the Early Bronze Age, as one of the earlier (but not earliest) examples of Beaker people in Scotland.

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Combined date for Ava (copyright Derek Hamilton – SUERC)

If you’re interested in exploring this topic further – why not consult page 106 of our open access, peer reviewed article which is available online for everyone to read.

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