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Caddo Archeology Journal

Abstract

The luminescence dating of ceramics (see Feathers 1997, 2000, 2003) has been applied with some considerable success in a variety of settings—and on different ceramic wares—in North America (Lipo et al. 2005; Dykeman et al. 2002; Feathers 2009), but since the days of Alpha Analytic (a subsidiary of Beta Analytic) in the early to mid-1980s, there have been no luminescence dating of Caddo ceramic wares in Northeast or East Texas. Given the abundance of ceramics of several different kinds and styles at all Caddo sites, the luminescence dating of both plain and decorated sherds recovered in situ from these many sites should be explored since it is a method “that dates the manufacture and use of…ceramic objects [that] provide a closer relationship between the target event [when a site is occupied] and the dated event [the age determined by the luminescence on a sherd]. Luminescence is particularly well suited for the dating of ceramics since the method measures the time elapsed since vessels were last heated, usually corresponding to manufacture or use” (Lipo et al. 2005:535). In this article, we discuss the results of recent luminescence dating on a small sample of Caddo ceramic sherds at the Tuinier Farm site (41HP237).

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