The Rylstone coffin and textile were radiocarbon dated to confirm that the burial was Early Bronze Age and not an early medieval coffin inserted into an earlier funerary monument.
Unexpectedly, the dates were neither Early Bronze Age nor early medieval but , the cusp of the Bronze Age–Iron Age transition in Britain.
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The oak tree-trunk coffin had contained an extended body wrapped in a wool textile.This attribution has not been questioned since 1864 despite a number of early medieval log-coffin burials subsequently being found in northern Britain.Crucially, the example excavated near Quernmore, Lancashire in 1973, was published as Bronze Age but subsequently radiocarbon dated to 430–970. New dates of the famous burials, with novel archaeological chronology, and revolutionary news on society and cosmology.The dendrochronological investigation -- The investigation -- The oak coffins -- Tree-ring measurement -- Crossmatching -- Crossdating -- The trees' last growth year -- Dating of the oak coffins -- The geographic distribution of the oak coffins -- Burial mounds containing several oak coffins -- The age of the oak trees -- The number of sapwood rings in the oak trees.The body had entirely decayed and there were no other extant grave goods.In the absence of other grave goods, Greenwell attributed the burial to the Bronze Age because it lay under a ditched round barrow and had similarities with log-coffin burials from Britain and Denmark. A major archaeological work on a whole Greek island, Stone Age to modern times, including ancient planned cities and a novel masonry chronology. Randsborg, Archaeological Encounters in Architecture. A survey of late Renaissance architecture in Denmark, including structural analyses of buildings, and a surprising English link. Persistent Solar Influence on North Atlantic Climate during the Holocene. You can use the URL of the journal homepage if there is no DOI (digital object identifier) assigned and the reference was retrieved online.