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Title: Islands of history: the Late Neolithic timescape of Orkney
Authors: Bayliss, Alex
Marshall, Peter
Richards, Colin
Whittle, Alasdair
Keywords: Orkney
Late Neolithic
Bayesian modelling
Issue Date: Oct-2017
Citation: Bayliss A, Marshall P, Richards C & Whittle A (2017) Islands of history: the Late Neolithic timescape of Orkney, Antiquity, 91 (359), pp. 1171-1188.
Abstract: Orkney is internationally recognised for its exceptionally well-preserved Neolithic archaeology. The chronology of the Orcadian Neolithic is, however, relatively poorly defined. The authors analysed a large body of radiocarbon and luminescence dates, formally modelled in a Bayesian framework, to address the timescape of Orkney's Late Neolithic. The resultant chronology for the period suggests differences in the trajectory of social change between the ‘core’ (defined broadly as the World Heritage site) and the ‘periphery’ beyond. Activity in the core appears to have declined markedly fromc.2800 cal BC, which, the authors suggest, resulted from unsustainable local political tensions and social concerns.
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