Bayesian interpretation of radiocarbon results
Christen, José Andrés (1994) Bayesian interpretation of radiocarbon results. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Over the last thirty years radiocarbon dating has been widely used in archaeology and related fields to address a wide-range of chronological questions. Because of some inherent stochastic factors of a complex nature, radiocarbon dating presents a rich source of challenging statistical problems. The chronological questions posed commonly involve the interpretation of groups of radiocarbon determinations and often substantial amounts of a priori information are available. The statistical techniques used up to very recently could only deal with the analysis of one determination at a time, and no prior information could be included in the analysis. However, over the last few years some problems have been successfully tackled using the Bayesian paradigm. In this thesis we expand that work and develop a general statistical framework for the Bayesian interpretation of radiocarbon determinations.
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