MacSween A, Hunter J, Sheridan A, Bond JM, Bronk Ramsey C, Reimer PJ, Bayliss A, Griffiths S & Whittle A (2015) Refining the Chronology of the Neolithic Settlement at Pool, Sanday, Orkney: Implications for the Emergence and Development of Grooved Ware. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 81, pp. 283-310. https://doi.org/10.1017/ppr.2015.12
New radiocarbon dates for the Neolithic settlement at Pool on Sanday, Orkney, are interpreted in a formal chronological framework. Phases 2.2 and 2.3, during which flat-based Grooved Ware pottery with incised decoration developed, have been modelled as probably dating to between the 31st and 28th centuries calbc. There followed a hiatus of a century or so, before the resumption of occupation in Phase 3, which has a different Grooved Ware style featuring the use of applied decoration. This has been modelled as probably dating from the 26th to the 24th centuries calbc. The implications of these results are discussed for the emergence and development of Grooved Ware, and for the trajectory of settlement and monumentality on Sanday.
Grooved Ware; Neolithic; radiocarbon dates; Bayesian modelling; Orkney
Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society: Volume 81
|Publication date online||03/09/2015|
|Date accepted by journal||05/06/2015|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|