Pre-bomb marine reservoir variability in the Kimberley region, Western Australia

O'Connor, Sue, Ulm, Sean, Fallon, Stewart J., Barham, Anthony, and Loch, Ian (2010) Pre-bomb marine reservoir variability in the Kimberley region, Western Australia. Radiocarbon, 52 (2-3). pp. 1158-1165.

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Abstract

New ΔR values are presented for 10 known-age shells from the Kimberley region of northwest Australia. Previous estimates of ΔR for the Kimberley region are based on only 6 individual shell specimens with dates of live collection known only to within 50 yr (Bowman 1985a). Here, we describe the results of our recent attempts to constrain ΔR variability for this region by dating a suite of known-age pre-AD 1950 shell samples from the Australian Museum and Museum Victoria. A regional ΔR of 58 ± 17 14C yr for open waters between Broome and Cape Leveque is recommended based on 7 of these specimens. The criteria used to select shells for dating and inclusion in the regional mean are discussed.

Item ID: 15693
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: archaeology, coastal and island archaeology, Kimberley, radiocarbon, marine reservoir correction, archaeometry
ISSN: 0033-8222
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 23:54
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science @ 70%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961104 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
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