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Dating the City Wall, Fortifications, and the Palace Site at Pagan

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dc.contributor.authorGrave, Peteren_US
dc.contributor.authorBarbetti, Mikeen_US
dc.identifier.citationGrave, P., and M. Barbetti. 2001. Dating the City Wall, Fortifications, and the Palace Site at Pagan. Asian Perspectives 40 (1): 75-87.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1535-8283 (E-ISSN)en_US
dc.identifier.issn0066-8435 (Print)en_US
dc.description.abstractThe strengths and limitations of radiocarbon dating as applied to samples taken in and around the walled city center of Pagan, in Burma, are addressed. The last thousand years in mainland Southeast Asia remains a difficult period to date absolutely because of two critical issues. The first is the use of wood from long-lived species, such as teak, in archaeological contexts. The archaeologist dating such material must be aware of the significance of a date range that relates to the period when a tree was alive rather than to when the wood was actually used in the construction or reconstruction. The second issue stems from the character of the radiocarbon calibration curve for this time period. Several plateaux exist in the curve that seriously broaden the calendar age ranges deriving from uncalibrated high-precision dates. These effects are outlined using two areas sampled for radiocarbon dating at Pagan: the fortifications near the Tharaba Gate and a site within the old city walls, Inventory No. 1590, known as the palace. KEYWORDS: Pagan, Bagan, Burma, Myanmar, radiocarbon, fire, fortifications, absolute chronology, calibration.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVolume 40en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesNumber 1en_US
dc.subjectabsolute chronologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshPrehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.en_US
dc.subject.lcshPrehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.en_US
dc.subject.lcshEast Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.en_US
dc.titleDating the City Wall, Fortifications, and the Palace Site at Paganen_US
Appears in Collections:Asian Perspectives, 2001 - Volume 40, Number 1 (Spring)

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