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Turin cotton cemí: AMS radiocarbon dating results

Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology, University of Turin, Italy

Accession number 1676

front, side and back views of figure 

A small cotton sample was submitted for radiocarbon dating, providing a date of 395 ± 27 BP, which calibrates with greatest probability to AD 1439-1522 (76.7%). As the sculpture does not include any post-contact materials (materials brought to the Caribbean by Europeans), as seen in other cotton sculptures in Rome and Vienna, this suggests that it was made prior to, or within the first few years of, contact – when European glass beads and other materials were not readily available.


Graph showing calibrated accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) radiocarbon results for the Turin cotton cemí 395 ± 27 BP (OxA-15359; cotton; D13 -22.4).

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