Problems of dating human bones from the Iron Gates

Gordon Cook, Clive Bonsall, Robert Hedges, Kathleen McSweeney, Laszlo Bartosiewicz, Paul Pettitt

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It is widely recognized that whan marine resources from a significant proportion of the human diet, this results in radiocarbon ages for human remains that are significantly older than the contemporary atmosphere. While there has been widespread assessment of marine 14C reservoir ages, there has been little study of the freshwater equivalent. However, recent analyses of human bone from archaeological sites in the Danube Valley have confirmed the existence of a large freshwater 14C reservoir effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-85
Number of pages9
Issue number291
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002


  • radiocarbon dating
  • reservoir effect
  • human bones
  • Iron Gates
  • diet
  • stable isotopes
  • Mesolithic
  • Lepenski Vir
  • Schela Cladovei
  • Vlasac


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