RADON - Radiocarbon dates online 2014
Central European and Scandinavian database of 14C dates for the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age.

Martin Hinz, Christoph Rinne

based on the work of Dirk Raetzel-Fabian, Martin Furholt, Martin Hinz, Johannes Müller, Christoph Rinne, Karl-Göran Sjögren und Hans-Peter Wotzka

Source: radon.ufg.uni-kiel.de


The database is the part of the Journal for Neolithic Archaeology. Accordingly, the following citation should be used:

Martin Hinz, Martin Furholt, Johannes Müller, Dirk Raetzel-Fabian, Christoph Rinne, Karl-Göran Sjögren, Hans-Peter Wotzka, RADON - Radiocarbon dates online 2012. Central European database of 14C dates for the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. www.jungsteinsite.de, 2012, 1-4.


In order to understand the dynamics of cultural phenomena, scientific dating in archaeology is an increasingly indispensable tool. Only by dating independently of typology is it possible to understand typological development itself (Müller 2004). Here radiometric dating methods, especially those based on carbon isotopy, still play the most important role. For evaluations exceeding the intra-site level, it is particularly important that such data is collected in large numbers and that the dates are easily accessible. Also, new statistical analyses, such as sequential calibration based on Bayesian methods, do not require single dates, but rather demand a greater number. By their combination significantly more elaborate results can be achieved compared to the results from conventional evaluation (e. g. Whittle et al. 2011).
A second premise of RADON is that of „Open Access“. This approach continues to be applied in the international research community, which we welcome as a highly positive development. The radiocarbon database RADON has been committed to this principle for more than 12 years. In this database 14C data – primarily of the Neolithic of Central Europe and Southern Scandinavia – is collected and successively augmented.

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RADON Team 2014: Martin Hinz, Christoph Rinne

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  • on May 07, 2014

    Radon goes Twitter

    You now can follow us on Twitter. All news like you are reading right now will be announced there, as well as some minor update informations. Find us as @RADONDatabase !

  • on Apr 16, 2014

    Contribution of 218 dates by Thomas K. Harper

    Thomas K. Harper contributed 218 dates for Tripolje and Cucuteni. At the moment they can not be made public available, but this will take place soon.

  • on Apr 03, 2014

    Zotero-Export for Literature

    For literature data we implemented a Bibtex functionality and a Zotero export. Zotero Export is already available for all literature records, but only authors and year are written to appropriate fields. All other information end up in the title field (including the title). For those data sets that already contain Bibtex information, the full quote is returned. In the near future we will supply Bibtex information for all references. You can access the Zotero-Import at individial literature records as well as at the sample records.

  • on Apr 03, 2014

    Contribution of 48 dates by Karin Riedhammer

    Latest major contribution: Karin Riedhammer provided 48 dates for the Südostbayrische Mittelneolithikum (SMN)!

    K. Riedhammer, Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der absoluten Datierung des Südostbayrischen Mittelneolithikums. In: A. Boschetti-Maradi/A. de Capitani/S. Hochtuli/U. Niffeler (eds.), Form, Zeit und Raum. Grundlagen für eine Geschichte aus dem Boden (Basel 2012) 69–78.