Chronology of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age

on the evidence of AMS dates of ceramics


The Lithuanian-Finnish interdisciplinary project (MIP-10021) was funded by Research Council of Lithuania in 2010.



dr. Gytis Piličiauskas (project manager), Lithuanian Institute of History, Vilnius, Lithuania

Gytis Grižas, National museum of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania

prof. dr. Mika Lavento, Department of Archaeology, University of Helsinki, Finland

dr. Markku Oinonen, laboratory director, Dating Laboratory, Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki, Finland

dr. Vesa Palonen, researcher, Department of Physics, Division of Material Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland


The aim of a one-year project is to examine and update chronology of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age (5500-600 cal BC) in Lithuania. Prehistoric pottery was choosen as an object of current scientific research. It is most prevailing archaeological material have been found at prehistoric settlements and even graves sometimes. Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) dating technique will be applied on organic residues (food remains and cremated bones) detached from sherds and found inside of vessels. Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) technique will be applied in a case of sherds without organic adhesions. It should help to date some ceramic types characteristic for sandy sites with poor or without organic preservation. 25 samples will be analyzed in Dating laboratory, University of Helsinki. Results will be examined and interpreted in a context of the Eastern Baltic. They will also be presented at international seminars and published jointly by Lithuanian and Finnish scientists.


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© Gytis Piličiauskas 2010

Lithuanian institute of history, Archaeology department

Kražių g. 5, LT-01108, Vilnius, Lithuania