The Honey Creek midden formed over a 600-year period between about A.D. 1100-1700, during the Late Prehistoric period and perhaps even the very early historic era. This burned rock midden (BRM) is very well dated by a sequence of 14 radiocarbon assays (dates) including one predating the midden and one postdating it. Shown here are the distributions of the full probability ranges of each "date" - radiocarbon dating actually yields statistical estimates, not fixed dates. The inferred period of midden (BRM) is based on the overall probability patterns. This graphic shows why it takes more than one radiocarbon date to pin-down site use periods. From Black et al. 1997, Figure 62.

To learn more, see the TBH Special Exhibit Radiocarbon Dating Understood.
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