Macro sample 644

Information

A sample of Pinus sp. and charred Zea mays cob (Eastern Flint 8-10 row, identification by V. Jones) was dated. The sample was 73.2 cm deep from the lower levels of a small storage pit, Feature 98, in N wall of excavation Unit 430E660 on SE margin of the plateau. Bender et al. (1973:618) indicate the date should be of "an intermittent summer agricultural occupation in NE Ohio prior to strong Ft. Ancient influences in that area."

Because the maize was not dated by itself, we consider this to be an indirect date, since the wood that was included as part of the sample could be significantly older or younger than the maize. We therefore, classify this sample as "contaminated" in the sense that the maize and tree wood are mixed. The δ13C value of -22.4 also indicates that the date itself was strongly influenced by the pine wood that was a part of the sample.

This date has been reported in the Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database (CARD) (Morlan and Betts 1999).

Radiocarbon Date

Attached Files

South_park_(wis-576)

References Cited

Bender, M. M., R. A. Bryson and D. A. Baerreis
    1973    University of Wisconsin Radiocarbon Dates XI. Radiocarbon 15(3):611-623.

Morlan, R. E. and M. Betts
    1999-2005 Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database. http://www.canadianarchaeology.ca/. Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec.

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