This season saw the anticipated re-opening of Professor Colin Renfrew’s 1973 trenches at the Ring of Brodgar, the impressive monument which is thought to be 4 to 4,500 years old although the date has never been scientifically confirmed.“Although the excavations 35 years ago were undertaken to obtain dating material and establish chronology, they failed due to the limitations of available dating techniques at the time,” explained archaeologist Dr Jane Downes.
“The advanced new techniques now at our disposal mean that this time our investigations should establish when the Ring of Brodgar was built and help us learn a great deal more about it.”Trenches were dug to the original ditch cut from bedrock by the builders of the stone circle.
Still, Isabelle says she wasn’t initially attracted to him. But that soon wore off.” Isabelle was touched by his easy-going and affable demeanour.
She says they didn’t appear to have a lot in common, but unlike her first husband – whom she describes as a “deadbeat” – Elmer Raycroft seemed like a responsible man. During their brief, turbulent marriage, Isabelle says Elmer's impressive public image masked a dark, abusive personality in private.
He was tall and hefty with close-cropped silver hair and a big smile. After a few messages back and forth, Isabelle and Elmer agreed to meet at a Baton Rouge restaurant in nearby Kanata.
Welcome to the K12 section of the Radiocarbon WEBinfo site.Within viewing distance of the Ring is the Ness of Brodgar, and another excavation funded by, OIC, Orkney College, Friends of Orkney Archaeology Trust, Robert Kiln Trust completed a third season of digging.This site offers the opportunity to learn more about daily life in Neolithic Orkney and the ties people had to the stone circles.The aim here is to provide clear, understandable information relating to radiocarbon dating for the benefit of K12 students, as well as lay people who are not requiring detailed information about the method of radiocarbon dating itself.
I have tried here to answer some of the frequently asked questions that I receive from students via email, as well as providing some basic information about scientific dating methods.
The visit was in 1967 and that was when I first caught sight of the Suess calibration curve in 1967 so the calibration hadn't really been applied yet significantly in European prehistory and so it was still partly a stratigraphic problem and the interesting thing about the site of Sitagroi was a low tell mound, a settlement mound, and it had a lot of material on the surface including graphite painted wares which were typical of the Gumelnita culture which was the same as Karanovo VI, but it also had Aegean early Bronze Age wares, rolled rim bowls and so on which would be related maybe to Troy II and that sort of thing, so there was a chance of sorting out stratigraphically these relationships that had been disputed previously or had come into doubt previously because, as I was saying, the Cycladic relationships and the relationships with Troy, with the Vinca culture and the Gumelnita culture at Karanovo were being called into question.