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Gathering Time: Dating the Early Neolithic Enclosures of Southern Britain and Ireland Hardcover – June 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1842174258 ISBN-10: 1842174258

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  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Oxbow Books (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842174258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842174258
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 8.2 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,588,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In years to come, we may well look back on the publication of Gathering Time (ISBN 9781842174258; Oxbow Books), by Fellows Alasdair Whittle, Frances Healy and Alex Bayliss, but with contributions from a galaxy of other prehistorians, as a watershed event in archaeological methodology.' (Christopher Catling SALON - The Society of Antiquaries Online Newsletter 1900-01-00)

Gathering Time reports the results of a huge dating programme which is set to revolutionise archaeology and re-write the early Neolithic in Britain... I found this volume very hard to put down despite the weight. This book marks the start of a new chapter in archaeology and raises wider issues.' (Steve Marshall Fortean Times 1900-01-00)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert M Chapple on January 3, 2012
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For anyone with an interest in Irish and British prehistory and, specifically how the chronologies are assembled through radiocarbon dating, the publication of Gathering Time: Dating the Early Neolithic Enclosures of southern Britain and Ireland has been long anticipated and much, much desired. It is hard to overstate the importance of this book and how it has already rewritten our understanding of Neolithic enclosures, but it also stands as a template for other intensive studies to follow and emulate. The central importance of this study is not simply that it uses a lot of new radiocarbon dates for various sites, but it is how this data is treated and processed on such a large scale that is already leading to new and exciting insights into prehistory. As many readers of this blog, both professional archaeologists and enthusiasts, will be aware, the advance of absolute chronologies in archaeology has, in large part, been due to the development of radiocarbon dating. Prior to the seminal work carried out by Willard Libby and his team (James Arnold and Ernie Anderson), archaeological sites and were only datable through relative chronological means, such as seriation etc. In 1960 Libby, Arnold and Anderson won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on radiocarbon dating. The basis of the method was that the measurement of the amount of the radioactive isotope carbon 14 (14C) surviving in a sample could be utilised to determine when, say, a piece of wood had been cut or grain harvested. These early dates relied on the assumption that the amount of 14C in the atmosphere had remained constant throughout history and, as the discipline was in its infancy, the associated standard deviations were also quite large.Read more ›
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