Quality in Bayesian chronological models in archaeology


Bayliss A (2015) Quality in Bayesian chronological models in archaeology. World Archaeology, 47 (4), pp. 677-700.

Bayesian chronological modelling is fast becoming the method of choice for the interpretation of radiocarbon dates in archaeological and palaeoenvironmental studies around the world. Although software enabling the routine application of the method has been available for more than twenty years, more than half of published models have appeared in the past fiveyears. Unfortunately, the pace of development in statistical methodology has not been matched by the increased care in sample selection and reporting that is required for robust modelling. Barely half the applications considered in this article provide the information necessary to assess the models presented critically. This article discusses what information is required to allow the quality of Bayesian chronological models to be assessed, and provides check-lists for authors, editors and referees, in the hope of improving current practice.

Bayesian statistics; chronological modelling; sample selection; radiocarbon dating; quality assurance

World Archaeology: Volume 47, Issue 4

Publication date31/12/2015
Publication date online02/09/2015
PublisherTaylor and Francis