Re-defining the chronological narrative of the earliest appearance of domesticated animals in the Dutch wetlands: high-resolution (Bayesian) chronology of Hardinxveld-Giessendam Mesolithic sites

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Hardinxveld-Giessendam de Bruin and Polderweg, one of the most famous and best-preserved Mesolithic sites in the Netherlands, feature evidence of subsistence novelties such as pottery production, imported sheep/goat species, possible dairy production as well as small size boar akin to domestic pigs. Notwithstanding the lack of evidence of animal husbandry, these sites are crucial to the study of early domestication processes and the onset of Neolithisation in the Dutch wetlands. In spite of their significance, legacy radiocarbon data from these sites suffer from common challenges such as the freshwater reservoir effect, context misplacement, and the 'old wood effect’. To mitigate the risk of an erroneous chronological interpretation, we dated 30 terrestrial herbivores sampled from unambiguous anthropogenic layers and combined the results with the trustworthy legacy dates in Bayesian models. This enabled us to correct the chronological narrative of these sites and establish more precise time ranges for the emergence of these subsistence changes, which are now, according to our results, contemporaneous with the other sites in the region that produced similar patterns
EvenementstitelThirteenth Conference on Hunting and gathering Societies (CHAGS 13): Living Well Together
LocatieDublin, IrelandToon op kaart
Mate van erkenningInternational