Decline in firing technology or poorer fuel resources? High-temperature thermoluminescence (HTTL) archaeothermometry of Neolithic ceramics from Pool, Sanday, Orkney

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dc.contributor.author Spencer, Joel Q. G.
dc.contributor.author Sanderson, David C. W.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-23T18:23:37Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-23T18:23:37Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14870
dc.description.abstract The Neolithic ceramic assemblage from the multi-period coastal settlement at Pool on the island of Sanday, Orkney is unique because it stratigraphically spans both the earlier round-based (including possible Unstan bowls) and later flat-based (‘Grooved Ware’) traditions. High-temperature thermoluminescence (HTTL) analysis objectively demonstrates that ceramics from the earliest Neolithic layers have been consistently better fired compared to examples from later layers. We suggest two interpretations of these data: either firing technology declined with changing social structures and/or adoption of a different ceramic tradition or that there was greater pressure on fuel resource and management in the later Neolithic. Paleoenvironmental and chronological evidence indicate climatic deterioration in the later Neolithic, which adds further support to an interpretation of a poorer fuel resource at that time. In addition to studies of the HTTL signal, analysis of the ambient temperature modification of the TL signal has potential to support or evaluate dating evidence, and is readily applicable to optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) age data. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440312002865 en_US
dc.subject Orkney Neolithic en_US
dc.subject Ceramics en_US
dc.subject High-temperature thermoluminescence en_US
dc.subject Thermal exposure en_US
dc.subject Firing technology en_US
dc.subject Fuel resources en_US
dc.subject Palaeoclimate en_US
dc.title Decline in firing technology or poorer fuel resources? High-temperature thermoluminescence (HTTL) archaeothermometry of Neolithic ceramics from Pool, Sanday, Orkney en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1016/j.jas.2012.05.036 en_US
dc.citation.epage 3552 en_US
dc.citation.issue 12 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Archaeological Science en_US
dc.citation.spage 3542 en_US
dc.citation.volume 39 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid joelspen en_US

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