Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
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Taylor, R. E. (Erv)

  • Robert SternbergEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_344

Basic Biographical Information

R. E. (Erv) Taylor (1938– ) is an American archaeologist best known for his work in radiocarbon dating (C14). He received his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1970 with an emphasis on archaeology and archaeological sciences/archaeometry. His doctoral research, under the direction of C. W. Meighan, was undertaken in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Willard F. Libby. From 1972 to 1973, he was an NSF postdoctoral fellow in chemistry at UCLA working with Daniel Kivelson.

From 1969 to 2005, he rose to professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), and has been professor emeritus since 2005. He served as chairperson of that department from 1993 to 2000. He was director of the radiocarbon laboratory at UCR from 1973 to 2003. Since 2003, he has been a Cotsen fellow at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and, since 2004, has...

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  1. Taylor, R.E. (ed.) 1976. Advances in obsidian glass studies: archaeological and geochemical perspectives. Park Ridge: Noyes Press.Google Scholar
  2. - 1987. Radiocarbon dating: an archaeological perspective. New York: Academic Press.Google Scholar
  3. Taylor, R.E. & M.J. Aitken. (ed.) 1997. Chronometric dating in archaeology. New York: Plenum Press.Google Scholar
  4. Taylor, R.E. & C.W. Meighan. (ed.) 1978. Chronologies in New World archaeology. New York: Academic Press.Google Scholar
  5. Taylor, R.E., L.A. Payen & P.J. Slota Jr. 1992a. The age of the Calaveras skull: dating the "Piltdown Man" of the New World. American Antiquity 57: 269–75.Google Scholar
  6. Taylor, R.E., A. Long & R. Kra. (ed.) 1992b. Radiocarbon after four decades: an interdisciplinary perspective. New York: Springer-Verlag.Google Scholar
  7. Taylor, R.E., D.L. Kirner, J.R. Southon & J.C. Chatters. 1998. Radiocarbon age of Kennewick Man. Science 280: 1171–2.Google Scholar
  8. Taylor, R.E., C.V. Haynes Jr., D.L. Kirner & J.R. Southon. 1999. Radiocarbon analysis of modern organics at Monte Verde, Chile: No evidence for a local reservoir effect. American Antiquity 64: 455–60.Google Scholar

Further Reading

  1. Taylor, R.E. 2000. The introduction of radiocarbon dating in American archaeology, in S.E. Nash (ed.) Archaeological dating and the history of North American archaeology: 84–104. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth and EnvironmentFranklin & Marshall CollegeLancasterUSA