Radiocarbon dating is a critical method for determining the absolute dates of human activity in the past. Radiocarbon dating has allowed for me to construct a new, accurate, chronology for the Bronze Age of Transylvania. Through a collaboration with the University of Arizona AMS lab, I have training in prepping and analyzing samples carbonate from calcined bone. This recently developed method provides new insights into the timing of cremation practices in the past.


Radiocarbon dates can be used for more than just determining when something in the past happened. By using “dates as data,” it is possible to use dates to help reconstruct ancient demography, the tempo of ritual practices, and the nature of social transformations. Bayesian analytical techniques use prior information, such as stratigraphic relationships or association of certain artifacts, to develop probabilistic models for the timing, tempo, and frequency of activities in the past.


Ciugudean, H. and C.P. Quinn

2015     The End of the Wietenberg Culture in the Light of New 14C dates and its Chronological Relation Towards the Noua Culture. In Bronze Age Chronology in the Carpathian Basin. R. Németh, B. Rezi, and S. Berecki (eds). pp. 147-178. Bibliotheca Mvsei Marisiensis: Tîrgu Mureș.

Quinn, C.P.

2015     Returning and Reuse: Diachronic Perspectives on Multi-Component Cemeteries and Mortuary Politics at Middle Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Tara, IrelandJournal of Anthropological Archaeology 37:1-18.

Balăn, G. and C.P. Quinn

2014     Radiocarbon Dates of the Middle Bronze Age Settlement at Micești-Cigaș (Alba County, Romania)Annales Universitatis Apulensis. Series Historica 18(II):119-126.

Quinn, C.P. and I. Kuijt

2013     The Tempo of Life and Death During the Early Bronze Age at the Mound of the Hostages, Tara. In: Tara: From the Past to the Future. M. O’Sullivan (ed.). pp. 154-164. Wordwell and UCD School of Archaeology: Bray, Co. Wicklow.