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No Systematic Early Bias to Mediterranean 14C Ages: Radiocarbon Measurements from Tree-Ring and Air Samples Provide Tight Limits to Age Offsets

  • Sturt W Manning (a1), Mike Barbetti (a2), Bernd Kromer (a3), Peter Ian Kuniholm (a4), Ingeborg Levin (a5), Maryanne W Newton (a6) and Paula J Reimer (a7)...
Abstract

Existing data and theory do not support a recent assertion that upwelling of old carbon has led to systematically 100–300 yr too old radiocarbon ages for the Mediterranean region. Similarly, the prehistoric tree-ring record produced over 3 decades by the Aegean Dendrochronology Project is shown to provide robust, well-replicated data, contrary to a recent unfounded assertion. 14C and dendrochronology provide an accurate and precise chronometric framework for the Mediterranean region.

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