Some remarks on seasonal dating of fish remains by means of growth ring analysis

D.C. Brinkhuizen

Koninginnelaan 18A, 9717BT Groningen, The Netherlands. brinkbmt@noord.bart.nl

Cite this as: Brinkhuizen, D. C. (1997). Some remarks on seasonal dating of fish remains by means of growth ring analysis. Internet Archaeology. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.3.8

Summary

A critical discussion is presented of an article by Casteel published in 1972, in which attention was drawn to the possibility of seasonal dating excavated fish remains by means of reading growth rings. This article has been referred to by many archaeozoologists. However, there are methodological misconceptions which undermine the conclusions drawn by Casteel in his publication. As the problem arises from a failure to set parameters before carrying out the growth ring analysis, some discussion of problems in both interpretation and observation is presented here.

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