Viking isotope dating
b) Absolute These methods are based on calculating the date of artefacts in a more precise way using different attributes of materials.
This method includes carbon dating and thermoluminescence.
Isotope analysis of all of the burials suggests that none of them had spent their childhoods in Scandinavia – some were local and some had lived elsewhere in Britain and Ireland. GPS: N 57° 51.631, W 006° 59.511 NGR: NG 04000 96587 Currently the best description of this burial is at (Canmore ID 335605) century-type oval brooches, an iron weaving sword/batten, comb, ringed pin, bronze needle case, penannular brooch, drinking horn, and a knife.
Isotope analysis revealed that two of these warriors were from Scandinavia and two from somewhere in the British Isles, possibly the western coast of Scotland.
Based on a discipline of geology called stratigraphy, rock layers are used to decipher the sequence of historical geological events.
Relative techniques can determine the sequence of events but not the precise date of an event, making these methods unreliable.
The viewshed map demonstrates that visibility of/from the site is centred on the bay. GPS: N 58° 13.233, W 006° 56.503 NGR: NB 0994 3639 R. As the standing stones are only 11m apart this burial belongs in the ‘within 25m’ category, and the location is exactly known if my argument regarding the recumbent standing stone is accepted.
The shore (Stong Mòr) is close to the site but not visible, although water is.
There is a clearly visible cairn 42m from the larger standing stone. Williams, 1863, century oval brooches, Irish brooch, Irish buckle, Irish penannular brooch, amber bead, and copper-alloy chain.