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Direct 14 C Dating of Early and Mid-Holocene Saharan Pottery

Abstract : The aim of this study is to directly radiocarbon date pottery from prehistoric rock-art shelters in the Tassili n'Ajjer (central Sahara). We used a combined geochemical and microscopic approach to determine plant material in the pottery prior to direct 14 C dating. The ages obtained range from 5270 ± 35 BP (6276-5948 cal BP) to 8160 ± 45 BP (9190-9015 cal BP), and correlate with the chronology derived from pottery typology. Our results document the transition from pre-Pastoral to Pastoral contexts, dated to the early-mid Holocene transition, and confirm that vegetal temper in pottery can provide reliable 14 C ages within Saharan contexts.
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Lamia Messili, Jean-François Saliège, Jean Broutin, Erwan Messager, Christine Hatté, et al.. Direct 14 C Dating of Early and Mid-Holocene Saharan Pottery. Radiocarbon, University of Arizona, 2013, 55 (3), pp.1391-1402. ⟨10.1017/S0033822200048323⟩. ⟨hal-02351870⟩

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