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Comment on dates from a resin-coated sherd from Spirit Cave, Thailand

  • Joyce C. White (a1)
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Part of the enormous importance of the Spirit Cave pottery lies in the early date (7500BP) implied by radiocarbon dates from charcoal associated with some of the sherds. This was challenged by Lampert et al. who directly dated one Spirit Cave sherd from its resin to 3000 BP (Antiquity 77: 126–133). But here Joyce White argues that the stratigraphic context and typology of the dated sherd do not provide a valid basis to support a revision of dating for the earliest sherds. A response from Lampert et al. follows.

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Gorman, C.F. 1969. Hoabinhian: A Pebble-tool Complex with Early Plant Associations in Southeast Asia, Science 163: 671–3.
Gorman, C.F. 1972. Excavations at Spirit Cave, North Thailand, Asian Perspectives (1970) 13: 79107.
Lampert, C., Glover, I.C. Hedges, R.E.M. Heron, C.P Higham, T.E.G. Stern, B. Shoocondej, R. & Thompson, G.B. 2003. Dating Resin Coating on Pottery: The Spirit Cave Early Ceramic Dates Revised, Antiquity 77:126133.
White, J.C. 2001. [Unpublished letter to Cynthia Lampert dated March 10, 2001, giving provenience information on Lampert sherds A–T from the original Spirit Cave excavation records.]
Bellwood, P. 1999. Southeast Asia before History. In The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia: From Early Times to c.1500, Vol.1., Pt. 1. (ed. Tarling, N.): 55136. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Gorman, C.F. 1969. Hoabinhian: A Pebble-tool Complex with Early Plant Associations in Southeast Asia, Science 163: 671–3.
Gorman, C.F. 1972. Excavations at Spirit Cave, North Thailand, Asian Perspectives (1970) 13: 79107.
Higham, C. 1989. The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia: From 10,000 B.C. to the Fall of Angkor, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lampert, C., Glover, I.C. Hedges, R.E.M. Heron, C.P Higham, T.E.G. Stern, B. Shoocongdej, R. & Thompson, G.B. 2003. Dating Resin Coating on Pottery: The Spirit Cave Early Ceramic Dates Revised. Antiquity 77:126133.
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