Radiocarbon dating east kilbride
most castle mottes do seem to date to the medieval period.
This in itself is an interesting result, since, on the eve of the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest of England, this is really the first time anyone has been able to scientifically date the massive impact of the Conquest on the English landscape!
Upon encountering a new site, the archaeologist immediately requires information about its age in order to set it in context with other sites.
In research into our heritage the conservationist or architect may be able to date the general period of a building he is working with from either the situation, materials of construction, type of timber joints or other stylistic features.
In future posts (and forthcoming academic publications) we will look in more detail at the implications of these results…
suffice to say, the majority of the dates on the mounds are as we would expect them to be – i.e.
In total we were able to extract almost 50 sub-samples of material from the 155m of core samples we collected last year; these were then sent to our colleagues at SUERC, in East Kilbride, for AMS* radiocarbon dating.
The dates of Skipsea Castle, “The Mount” at Lewes, and “Castle 3” at Hamstead Marshall, will all be discussed in more detail in seperate posts…The radiocarbon evidence shows that Berkhamsted Castle was definitely built during the medieval period, but as of yet we cannot be more precise.“Castle 3” at Hamstead Marshall is another medieval mound, but is somewhat later than most of the other mounds.The Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit (ORAU) is a radiocarbon laboratory engaged in collaborative research across many disciplines where the measurement of the radiocarbon isotope is useful including: The laboratory provides a radiocarbon dating service for people undertaking research in all these areas.This dating service operates on a commercial basis and in conjunction with NERC/ARHC which funds the NRCF programme for British archaeologists.
The biggest surprise we encountered was Skipsea Castle mound, which seems to be much earlier than the rest of the sites we looked at!