Dating the Myanmar Bronze Age: preliminary 14C dates from the Oakaie 1 cemetery near Nyaung'gan

Pryce, Thomas Oliver, Kyaw, Aung Aung, Andia, Lucy, Champion, Louis, Colonna, Camille, Favereau, Aude, Htwe, Kalayar Myat Myat, Peixoto, Xavier, Pradier, Baptiste, Willis, Anna, Valentin, Fréderique, and Zazzo, Antoine (2015) Dating the Myanmar Bronze Age: preliminary 14C dates from the Oakaie 1 cemetery near Nyaung'gan. Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 39. pp. 38-49.

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Since 2014 the Mission Archéologique Française au Myanmar has been excavating a prehistoric cemetery, Oakaie 1, adjacent to the famous Nyaung'gan Bronze Age cemetery in Sagaing Division. Oakaie 1 (OAI1) was selected as a Nyaung'gan proxy in order to better understand the Neolithic-Bronze Age-Iron Age chronological transitions in upper-central Myanmar, for eventual regional-scale synthesis. An initial attempt to AMS 14C date 13 human femurs failed due to a lack of collagen but a subsequent effort using an apatite dating methodology on 5 femurs was successful. These preliminary data bracket part of the cemetery from the 9th to 6th c. BC with a 4th-3rd c. BC outlier. Typological and technological analogies between OAI1 and Nyaung'gan pottery grave goods likewise suggest an early 1st millennium BC date for the local Bronze Age.

Item ID: 48113
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2375-0510
Keywords: Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Bronze Age, Nyaung'gan, apatite, ¹⁴C
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Funders: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Projects and Grants: CNRS UMR 7055 "Préhistoire et Technologie"
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 01:31
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 80%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160102 Biological (Physical) Anthropology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 100%
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