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Rubina Raja

Radiocarbon dating and Bayesian modelling in Jerash/Gerasa, Jordan

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This paper presents radiocarbon dates obtained within the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter project. Since 2011, the largely unexplored Northwest Quarter of the Decapolis town of Gerasa, today’s Jerash, has been under investigation by Aarhus University and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The project studies the settlement history of this city from Hellenistic/Roman times into the Medieval period. The extensive excavation campaigns of the Northwest quarter of Jerash resulted in more than 80 radiocarbon samples on a number of different materials. Whereas most of these results are presented here for the first time, the radiocarbon dating of mortar samples from trench Q have previously been reported (Lichtenberger et al. 2015). Our overall aim here is to present the radiocarbon results for each trench and not least to discuss their implications on the overall chronology of the Northwest Quarter. In order to do so we will employ Bayesian statistics to constrain calibrated age ranges. The prior information for these Bayesian models is based on archaeological field observations and stratigraphy.
Reference: Achim Lichtenberger, A. Lindroos, Rubina Raja, and Jan Heinemeier, 'Radiocarbon Analysis of Mortar from Roman and Byzantine Water Management Installations in the Northwest Quarter of Jerash, Jordan', Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 2 (2015), 114-27.
Original languageEnglish
Publication yearJun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
EventThe 23rd International Radiocarbon Conference - Trondheim, Norway
Duration: 17 Jun 201822 Jun 2018
Conference number: 23


ConferenceThe 23rd International Radiocarbon Conference

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