, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 101–121 | Cite as

“The good, the bad, the weird”: Stone Age and Early Metal Period radiocarbon dates and chronology from the Karelian Isthmus, North-West Russia

  • Oula Seitsonen
  • Kerkko Nordqvist
  • Dmitrij V. Gerasimov
  • Sergei N. Lisitsyn
Research Article


In this paper all the Stone Age and Early Metal Period (ca. 8600 cal BC — 300 AD) radiocarbon dates from the Karelian Isthmus, Russia, are compiled and their archaeological usability assessed using a set of evaluation principles. The quality of radiometric dates from such a large area has rarely been methodologically examined in Finnish or North-West Russian archaeology, and is applied here for the first time on the present material. Special attention is given to the discussion on the deficiencies and limitations of the current data. Based on the 81 dates evaluated as useful, a tentative radiocarbon chronology is presented for the study area. This is generally in sequence with the chronologies of the nearby areas, but suggests some differences especially towards the end of Stone Age, as well as the presence of biases caused by taphonomic and research-related factors.


Archaeology 14C dates radiocarbon chronology Holocene Karelian Isthmus Finland Russia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oula Seitsonen
    • 1
  • Kerkko Nordqvist
    • 2
  • Dmitrij V. Gerasimov
    • 3
  • Sergei N. Lisitsyn
    • 4
  1. 1.Arkteekki ltd. / The Department of Geosciences and GeographyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.The Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art StudiesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Peter the Great’s Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera)Russian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  4. 4.Institute for the History of Material CultureRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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