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Archaeomagnetic dating of Romano-British kiln 10490

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Publication date2007
Host publicationSettlement on the Bedfordshire Claylands
EditorsJ. Timby, R. Brown, A. Hardy, S. Leech, C. Poole, L. Webley
Place of publicationOxford
PublisherOxford Archaeology
Pages395-403
Number of pages9
Volume8
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameBedfordshire Archaeology Monograph
PublisherOxford Archaeology

Abstract

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.