Radiocarbon dating of Mesolithic burials from Ostrovul Corbului, southwest Romania

Clive Bonsall, Adina Boroneant, A. Simalcsik, T. Higham

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Excavations between 1973 and 1984 at a multi-period open-air site on the island of Ostrovul Corbului in the Iron Gates reach of the Danube revealed 63 prehistoric burials, of which seven were thought by previous researchers to be either Mesolithic or Early Neolithic in date. This paper reviews the characteristics and chronological context of these burials. AMS 14C dates and stable C- and N-isotope values obtained for samples of bone collagen from four of the burials show they are all Mesolithic in date, with three burials belonging to the Middle Mesolithic and one to the Late Mesolithic. The stable isotope data reflect intensive use of aquatic resources, and confirm the dietary patterns observed among Mesolithic populations elsewhere in the Iron Gates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoutheast Europe and Anatolia in Prehistory. Essays in Honor of Vassil Nikolov on his 65th Anniversary
Place of PublicationBonn
PublisherRudolf Habelt
EditionUniversitätsforschungen zur Prähistorischen Archäologie 293
ISBN (Print)3774940665, 9783774940666
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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