New and very accurate dating of Tollund Man
In connection with stable isotope analysis of the femur and rib of Tollund Man it was decided to radiocarbon date the same samples; prior to this he was previously broadly dated to the 3rd-4th century BC. By using ultrafiltration, by averaging the new dates and an earlier AMS date of his skin, and by encountering a favorable interval on the calibration curve it was possible to obtain a calibrated age of 405-380 BC (95.4% confidence). This is an almost unprecedented accurate dating. To be able to date the death of Tollund man to within 25 years, instead of 200 years is simply fantastic. That enables us to link him to a more defined era. For instance can we state that he lived – and died – at the approximate same time as Socrates. This Iron age man lived and died when the western philosophy was in its making.
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