Chapter Abstracts

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Uncertain on Principle: Combining Lines of Archaeological Evidence to Create Chronologies
Alex Bayliss and Alasdair Whittle
With the underlying principle that our measurement of time is fundamentally linked to uncertainty, we explore how Bayesian chronological models are constructed by weaving together different strands of scientific and archaeological evidence. We illustrate the application of formal modelling to a variety of archaeological situations, from individual sites to chrono-typologies, seriations and timescapes, and we consider how multiple interpretations are judged. We discuss the impact and consequences of the widespread availability of the radically improved chronologies, which formally modelled estimates bring to the construction and interpretation of our narratives.