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Validating and Improving Archaeological Phasing at St. Mary Spital, London

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Sidell J, Thomas C & Bayliss A (2007) Validating and Improving Archaeological Phasing at St. Mary Spital, London. Radiocarbon, 49 (2), pp. 593-610. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033822200042491

Abstract
This paper outlines the radiocarbon program applied to the excavation and skeletal assemblage from the cemetery of the medieval Priory and Hospital of St Mary Spital in London. Problems encountered in dating medieval cemeteries are outlined. The problems were addressed through the application of Bayesian modeling to validate and refine conventional approaches to constructing phases of archaeological activity. It should be noted that this project was solely funded by the developer of the land; such projects rarely undertake even modest programs of 14 C dating. We aim to show how the investment of a proportionally small sum, compared to the overall project costs, may reap significant benefits.

Journal
Radiocarbon: Volume 49, Issue 2

StatusPublished
FundersEnglish Heritage
Publication date31/12/2007
Publication date online18/07/2016
Date accepted by journal17/12/2006
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28552
ISSN0033-8222

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