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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW: REFINING CHRONOLOGIES IN NORTHWEST INDIA THROUGH RADIOCARBON

Abstract

Although hundreds of sites with Ahar white painted black and red ware have been identified across northwest India, only a few dozen have been excavated, and even fewer have published radiocarbon dates. This paper systematically reviews both older published dates and newer recently processed dates and examines the contexts from which they come. After eliminating many dates due to incomplete publication data, mixed contexts, or other complications, remaining dates are used to re-assess and refine the accepted chronology for the pottery. All previously published dates are recalibrated using the INTCAL 20 Northern Hemisphere calibration curve and a subset of dates is further refined through basic phase and sequence models using OxCal 4.4 software. The results shift regional chronologies, suggesting that they may be later than commonly accepted.

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