Radiocarbon Palaeolithic Database Europe,
European Late Pleistocene Isotopic stages 2 +ACY- 3: their ecology and cultural adaptations
INQUA-Commission on Palaeoecology and Human Evolution
At the Berlin INQUA Congress a working group, European Late Pleistocene Isotopic Stages 2 +ACY- 3: Humans, Their Ecology +ACY- Cultural Adaptations, was established. One of the objectives was building a database of the human occupation of Europe during this period. The database has been enlarged and now includes Lower, Middle and Upper Palaeolithic sites connecting them to their environmental conditions and the available chronometric dating.
The database can be consulted at following site: Radiocarbon Palaeolithic Database Europe v.7 at following URL address: http://geo.kuleuven.be/geography/projects/14c-palaeolithic/download/index.htm.
We have collected the available dates from the literature and from other more restricted databases such as http://carbon14.univ-lyon1.fr/banadora.html from the Lyon Laboratory or from the Cambridge Stage 3 Project (http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk/oistage3/Details/Homepage.html) and recently from a Siberian site (http://www.uiggm.nsc.ru/uiggm/geology/evol/lab924/orlova/carbone.htm). We try to incorporate newly published chronometric dates collected from all kinds of available publications.
The database contains now more than 12000 data on sites (with their geographical coordinates), comprising 14C (more than 4300 items), AMS (more than 2300 items), TL, OSL, ESR and Th/U (more than 1200 items) from the European (Lower, Middle and Upper) Palaeolithic. All 14C dates are conventional dates BP.
The database uses Microsoft Access 2002. After downloading, the main site http://geo.kuleuven.be/geography/projects/14c-palaeolithic/index.htm has instructions for querying etc.
We are aware that many errors still occur in the database. This is due to errors we have introduced in compiling the data or in errors that we took over from the literature. It occurs e.g. that a specific lab-reference has two different results.
We would greatly appreciate if you agree to invest some time in providing information on newly available dates by filling in a blank form (one form for each layer of a site) found on the web site. The submitted dates will be incorporated as soon as possible into the database and will be available to all bona fide researchers in the next version of the database. Off-prints of contributions containing useful information for the database are also welcome. We will extract the data and put them in the database.
Our purpose is to continue the construction of the database, making corrections and improvements on each form and adding new forms. Final goal is a reliable database of the European Palaeolithic.
We hope the database will be helpful and we thank you very much for your collaboration
Dr. Pierre M. VERMEERSCH
Prehistoric Archaeology Unit, Department of Geography and Geology
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
B-3001 Heverlee - Belgium