Archaeological and Environmental Considerations
Where the information concerning the age of a sample is limited
to a single radiocarbon date a simple calibration is all that is
However if there is more information available it seems most sensible
to incorporate this into the probability distributions calculated.
This is particularly important given that the calibration process
itself can often lead to chronological error margins which make
answering the archaeological or environmental questions posed difficult (see for example
Manning and Weninger 1992).
This section is not intended to explain how to use the program but
rather explain the range of information which can be dealt with.
Throughout the text key words are included such as
(R_Date) which refer to the
relevant program commands.
The use of these will become clear in the subsequent sections
of the manual and can be ignored on a first read through.