Obsidian hydration dating
Beidha was reoccupied c 7000 [PPNA} group, who lived in a planned community of roughly circular semi-subterranean houses.Obsidian has been quarried and traded by western Melanesians since at least 19,000 bp, with the earliest-used and most important source being that at Talasea on CATEGORY: geology DEFINITION: The absorption of water on exposed surfaces of obsidian.In each specific environment, the surface of an obsidian artifact absorbs water at a steady rate, forming the hydration layer. If the local hydration rate is known and constant, this phenomenon can be used as an SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: obsidian hydration layer dating, obsidian dating CATEGORY: technique DEFINITION: A method of dating in which the age of an obsidian artifact is established by measuring the thickness of its (layer of water penetration) and comparing that to a known local hydration rate.SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: hyalopsite, Iceland agate, mountain mahogany CATEGORY: geology DEFINITION: A jet-black to gray, naturally occurring volcanic glass, formed by rapid cooling of viscous lava.
It was often used as raw material for the manufacture of stone tools and was very popular as a superior form of flint for flaking or as it is easily chipped to form extremely sharp edges.
Burials without skulls were found and there was also a separate ritual area away from the village.