A first absolute chronology for Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age Myanmar: new AMS C-14 dates from Nyaung'gan and Oakaie

Pryce, Thomas Oliver, Kyaw, Aung Aung, Kyaw, Myo Min, Win, Tin Tin, Win, Thu Thu, Win, Khin Htwe, Mon, May Myat, Aye, Mar Mar, Htay, Su Hlaing, Mar, Aye Aye, Bellina, Bérénice, Bentley, R. Alexander, Champion, Louis, Colonna, Camille, Cook, Amanda J., Favereau, Aude, Fuller, Dorian Q., Georjon, Cloe, Higham, Charles, Htwe, Kalayar Myat Myat, Iizuka, Yoshiyuki, Innanchai, Jitlada, Le Meur, Clemence, Peixoto, Xavier, Petchey, Peter, Pinhasi, Ron, Pradier, Baptiste, Valentin, Frederique, Willis, Anna, and Zazzo, Antoine (2018) A first absolute chronology for Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age Myanmar: new AMS C-14 dates from Nyaung'gan and Oakaie. Antiquity, 92 (363). pp. 690-708.

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Abstract

Late prehistoric archaeological research in Myanmar is in a phase of rapid expansion. Recent work by the Mission Archeologique Francaise au Myanmar aims to establish a reliable Neolithic to Iron Age culture-historical sequence, which can then be compared to surrounding regions of Southeast Asia. Excavations at Nyaung'gan and Oakaie in central Myanmar have provided 52 new AMS dates, which allow the creation of Myanmar's first reliable prehistoric radiometric chronology. They have also identified the Neolithic to Bronze Age transition in central Myanmar, which is of critical importance in understanding long-range interactions at the national, regional and inter-regional level. This research provides the first significant step towards placing late prehistoric Myanmar in its global context.

Item ID: 54752
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Late Neolithic, Bronze Age
Copyright Information: © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2018
ISSN: 1745-1744
Funders: French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2018 07:54
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 100%
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