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Collaborative research reveals how radiocarbon dating can rewrite history in the American Southeast

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Stemming from the collaboration between faculty, researchers, and current and former graduate students at the Department of Anthropology, a newly published article sheds light on the importance of radiocarbon dating in the American Southeast, emphasizing its role in refining regional chronologies. Placing radiocarbon dating at the center of collective archaeological practice, born from a graduate seminar taught by Dr. Thompson at the University of Georgia, delves into the challenges and potential solutions associated with the current understanding of chronological frameworks in the region. The collaborative effort, which evolved beyond the seminar, highlights the uneven distribution of radiocarbon dates across time and space in Georgia. The authors argue for the widespread adoption of radiocarbon dating, particularly in cultural resource management (CRM) projects, suggesting its significant impact on creating more accurate chronologies. The article concludes by emphasizing the shared goals across different sectors of archaeology in writing accurate and meaningful histories.

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