New U-series dates at the Caune de l'Arago, France

Journal of Archaeological Science
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In the beginning of the 1980s, the Caune de l'Arago was the focus of an interdisciplinary effort to establish the chronology of the Homo heidelbergensis (Preneandertals) fossils using a variety of techniques on bones and on speleothems. The result was a very large spread of dates particularly on bone samples. Amid the large spread of results, some radiometric data on speleothems showed a convergence in agreement with inferences from faunal studies. We present new U-series results on the stalagmitic formation located at the bottom of Unit IV (at the base of the Upper Stratigraphic Complex). Samples and splits were collaboratively analyzed in the four different laboratories with excellent interlaboratory agreement. Results show the complex sequence of this stalagmitic formation. The most ancient part is systematically at internal isotopic equilibrium (>350 ka) suggesting growth during or before isotopic stage 9, representing a minimum age for the human remains found in Unit III of the Middle Stratigraphical Complex which is stratigraphically under the basis of the studied stalagmitic formation. Overlaying parts of the speleothem date to the beginning of marine isotope stages 7 and 5. ?? 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title New U-series dates at the Caune de l'Arago, France
Series title Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2003.12.008
Volume 31
Issue 8
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Description 12 p.
First page 941
Last page 952
Country France
Other Geospatial Caune de l'Arago
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