A New Radiocarbon Database for the Lower 48 States

Robert L. Kelly, Madeline E. MacKie, Erick Robinson, Jack Meyer, Michael Berry, Matthew Boulanger, Brian F. Codding, Jacob Freeman, Carey James Garland, Joseph Gingerich, Robert Hard, James Haug, Andrew Martindale, Scott Meeks, Myles Miller, Shane Miller, Timothy Perttula, Jim A. Railey, Ken Reid, Ian ScharlottaJerry Spangler, David Hurst Thomas, Victor Thompson, Andrew White

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From 2014 to 2020, we compiled radiocarbon ages from the lower 48 states, creating a database of more than 100,000 archaeological, geological, and paleontological ages that will be freely available to researchers through the Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database. Here, we discuss the process used to compile ages, general characteristics of the database, and lessons learned from this exercise in big data compilation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-590
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 23 2022


  • archaeological demography
  • big data
  • North America
  • radiocarbon
  • ISAS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology
  • Museology


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