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Relative and absolute chronologies of Belovode and Pločnik

Maric, M; Radivojevic, M; Roberts, BW; Orton, D; (2021) Relative and absolute chronologies of Belovode and Pločnik. In: Radivojevic, M and Roberts, BW and Maric, M and Kuzmanovic-Cvetkovic, J and Rehren, T, (eds.) The Rise of Metallurgy in Eurasia: Evolution, Organisation and Consumption of Early Metal in the Balkans. (pp. 439-454). Archaeopress: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The chronology of the sites of Belovode and Pločnik has been discussed several times in the past two decades since excavations were renewed at each site (Arsenijević and Živković 1998; Šljivar 1996; Šljivar and Jacanović 1996a; Šljivar and Kuzmanović Cvetković 1997a), though not in detail and rarely integrating the relative and the absolute chronological sequences. Chronologies from both sites have been published (Whittle et al. 2016), drawing upon eight radiocarbon dates from the two trenches then existing for Belovode (Trenches 7 and 8) and nine radiocarbon dates from three trenches for Pločnik (Trenches 14, 15 and 16). These dates were allegedly focussing on the dating of metallurgical finds, however, the nature of those finds was not known at the time, so the best guess was to date materials from the spits, which only adds to the doubt on the chronological precision achieved. The seriation and ceramic sequences of both sites resulting from this project are discussed in detail elsewhere in this volume (see Chapters 12, 13, 27 and 28) and in this chapter will be used only to illustrate relative chronology compared to other chronologies used for Vinča culture (see Chapter 4). The identical spit and context excavation methodology employed on both sites enables us to compare chronologically sensitive pottery forms to other relevant sites of the period. This chapter presents 29 new radiocarbon dates from throughout the excavated sequences: 17 from Trench 18 at Belovode and 12 from Trench 24 at Pločnik. The systematic excavations, relative ceramic sequences and the intensity of radiocarbon dating enables a far more precise modelling of dates for the identifiable activity horizons at both sites.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Relative and absolute chronologies of Belovode and Pločnik
ISBN-13: 978180327042
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.32028/9781803270425
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.32028/9781803270425
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134150
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