Radiocarbon and U-series dating of the endemic deer Praemegaceros cazioti (Depéret) from "Grotta Juntu", Sardinia

Valerio Benzi, Laura Abbazzi, Paolo Bartolomei, Massimo Esposito, Cecilia Fassò, Ornella Fonzo, Roberto Giampieri, Francesco Murgia, Jean-Louis Reyss

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Radiocarbon and U-series methods (230Th/U and231Pa/235U) for absolute age determination have been applied to some fossil samples from Grotta Juntu, in North Eastern Sardinia (Italy). The remains belong to the endemic deer species Praemegaceros cazioti, which is here represented by an almost complete skeleton. The three dating methods lead to concordant ages of about 7500 years BP, indicating that the skeleton was maintained as closed system after burial. Taking into consideration these results, Praemegaceros cazioti from Grotta Juntu is now the youngest representative of this species in Sardinia. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)790 - 794
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology

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