Archaeomagnetic dating of Romano-British kiln 10490

Karloukovski, V and Hounslow, Mark W. (2007) Archaeomagnetic dating of Romano-British kiln 10490. In: Settlement on the Bedfordshire Claylands. Bedfordshire Archaeology Monograph, 8 . Oxford Archaeology, Oxford, pp. 395-403.

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Roman-British kiln 10490 at Site 8 was dated using archaeomagnetic techniques. Nine samples were collected from the kiln, although only four of these, from the floor of the kiln, provided useful archaeomagnetic directions. The remaining samples, from the walls of the kiln have probably acquired a thermoremanence in a disturbed local magnetic field. The specimens from the four floor samples provided a mean direction (variation corrected) of declination = 357.1o, inclination = 63.9o, α95 = 2.3o, K = 173. This produces a direction corrected to Meriden of declination = 356.9o, inclination = 64.2o, α95 = 2.3o. This direction and its confidence interval, when compared to the UK master curve of Clark et al. (1988), suggests that with an approximate 95% probability, the date of the last major heating of the kiln was between AD 120 to AD 180.

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