AustArch Databases


AustArch Databases I, II and III

AustArch1 Database

AustArch1: A database of 14C and luminescence ages from archaeological sites in the Australian arid zone (compiled by A.N. Williams, M.A. Smith, C.S.M Turney and M. L Cupper)

Download file: AustArch1 [XLS, 365 KB]

Explanatory notes are available here: AustArch1 Explanatory notes [PDF, 20 KB]

AustArch2 Database

AustArch2 is a database listing radiocarbon and luminescence ages from archaeological sites in the Top End. It was originally compiled to support analysis of time-series trends in Williams et al. (2010) and Williams (2011). AustArch2 forms the second of a series of datasets being compiled as part of AW’s PhD research to document all radiocarbon data across Australia. This dataset fills in the gap between AustArch1 (Williams et al. 2008) and Index of Dates from Archaeological Sites in Queensland (Ulm & Reid, 2000), and allows complete coverage (within the limits of existing archaeological investigation) for the top two-thirds of Australia.

The database is intended as a resource for archaeologists working in northern Australia. It provides a ready checklist of dated sites as well as a comprehensive listing of radiocarbon and luminescence age determinations, and in conjunction with calibration programs such as OxCal or Calib, can be used to generate radiocarbon density plots for analysis of trends in occupation. Research in the Top End has grown over the past decade, making this central listing of chronometric data particularly relevant, and we expect that AustArch2 will become a useful tool for both consultant and academic archaeologists.

Download file: AustArch2 [XLS, 247 KB]

AustArch3 Database

AustArch 3 is a database listing radiocarbon and luminescence ages from archaeological sites in southern Australia. It was originally compiled to support analysis of time-series trends in Williams (2013). AustArch3 forms the third (and final) of a series of datasets being compiled as part of AW’s PhD research to document all radiocarbon data across Australia. This dataset fills in the gap between AustArch1 (Williams et al. 2008), Austarch 2 (Williams & Smith, 2012) and Index of Dates from Archaeological Sites in Queensland (Ulm & Reid, 2000), and allows complete coverage (within the limits of existing archaeological investigation) of the entire continent.

The database is intended as a resource for archaeologists working in southern Australia. It provides a ready checklist of dated sites as well as a comprehensive listing of radiocarbon and luminescence age determinations, and in conjunction with calibration programs such as OxCal or Calib, can be used to generate radiocarbon density plots for analysis of trends in occupation. Research in southern Australia has been extensive over the last 50 years, making this central listing of chronometric data particularly relevant, and we hope that AustArch 3 will become a useful tool for both consultant and academic archaeologists.

Download file: AustArch3 [XLS, 1.6Mb]

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