Dating a near eastern desert hunting trap (kite) using rock surface luminescence dating

Sahar al Khasawneh*, Andrew Sean Murray, Kristina Jørkov Thomsen, Wael AbuAzizeh, Mohammad Tarawneh

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Abstract

This study reports the first radiometric dating applied to kite stone structure in Jordan using rock surface luminescence dating to three rock samples collected from the Jibal al-Gadiwiyt kite structure in the south east of Jordan. The sampling location, part of the kite enclosure, is in the form of a 125-cm-deep hole lined with long slabs at the base and with stacked cobbles above. The pit had been back-filled by natural sediment deposition after abandonment. Three rock samples were collected from the site, and three sediment samples were taken in close association with two of the rocks. Using quartz fast-component-dominated OSL signals, it proved possible to define a rock burial age of ~ 10 ka by examining the profile of luminescence with depth into the rock surfaces. Various light exposure events (including the most recent following archeological excavation) could also be identified. The direct radiometric dating of this kite argues for a construction ~ 10 ka ago, with no evidence for use beyond ~ 1 ka after building.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArchaeological and Anthropological Sciences
Volume11
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)2109-2119
ISSN1866-9557
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Desert kites
  • Jibal al-Gadiwiyt kite
  • Jordan
  • Luminescence rock surface dating technique
  • Neolithic

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al Khasawneh, Sahar ; Murray, Andrew Sean ; Thomsen, Kristina Jørkov ; AbuAzizeh, Wael ; Tarawneh, Mohammad. / Dating a near eastern desert hunting trap (kite) using rock surface luminescence dating. In: Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 2019 ; Vol. 11, No. 5. pp. 2109-2119.
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Dating a near eastern desert hunting trap (kite) using rock surface luminescence dating. / al Khasawneh, Sahar; Murray, Andrew Sean; Thomsen, Kristina Jørkov; AbuAzizeh, Wael; Tarawneh, Mohammad.

In: Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 5, 2019, p. 2109-2119.

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