The Impact of Radiocarbon Dating on Near Eastern Prehistory

  • Donald O. Henry
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As within other scientific inquiries, archaeology embraces a strong interplay between technology and theory. Of the many technological advances in modern archaeology, 14C dating has had perhaps the greatest influence on shaping theoretical developments within Near Eastern prehistory. Whereas this influence has been most obvious in the domain of major cultural-historic questions (eg, the emergence of social complexity), a more significant theoretical consequence of the technique rests in the way Near Eastern prehistorians have come to explain variability in the prehistoric record.


Arid Zone Radiocarbon Date Social Complexity Type Industry World Archaeology 
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