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A new chronological framework for prehistoric Southeast Asia, based on a Bayesian model from Ban Non Wat

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Charles Higham
Department of Anthropology, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand
Thomas Higham
Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, Research Laboratory of Archaeology and the History of Art, Dyson Perrins Building, University of Oxford, OX1 3QY, UK
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The authors offer a new chronological framework for prehistoric Southeast Asia, based mainly on the Bayesian modelling of 75 radiocarbon dates from well-stratified excavations at Ban Non Wat. The results are revolutionary. Neolithic practice now begins in the second millennium and hierarchical state-forming activity is dated to a ‘starburst’ around 1000 BC. The authors reflect on the social implications of the new model – and on the criteria for an ever stronger chronology.

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