Faculty » Emeritus » R.E. Taylor
Ph.D. 1970 University of California Los Angeles
Professor Taylor's principal interest involves the application of radiocarbon (14C) and other Quaternary dating methods to provide temporal placement for archaeological materials. Over the last decade, his research has focused on the 14C dating of bone as specifically applied to the dating of New World human skeletal materials in the context of controversies concerning the character and timing of the peopling of the Western Hemisphere. He was involved in early applications of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) technology in 14C measurements of human bone.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: Development and Extension of the Calibration of the Radiocarbon Time Scale: Archaeological Implications, Quaternary Geochronology (1996, with M. Stuiver and P. J. Reimer); Radiocarbon Dating: The Continuing Revolution, Evolutionary Anthropology (1996); Clovis and Folsom Age Estimates: Stratigraphic Context and Radiocarbon Calibration, Antiquity (1996, with C. V. Haynes, Jr. and M. Stuiver); Radiocarbon After Four Decades: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (1992, with A. Long and R. S. Kra, editors); The Age of the Calaveras Skull: Dating the "Piltdown Man" of the New World, American Antiquity (1992, with L. A. Payen and P. J. Slota, Jr.); Radiocarbon Dating: An Archaeological Perspective (1987); Major Revisions in the Pleistocene Age Assignments for North American Human Skeletons by 14C Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: None Older Than 11,000 14C Years B.P., American Antiquity (1985, with L. A. Payen, et al.); Middle Holocene Age of the Sunnyvale Human Skeleton, Science (1983, with L. A. Payen, et al.); and Non-Concordance of Radiocarbon and Amino Acid Racemization Deduced Age Estimates of Human Bone: Implications for the Dating of the Earliest Homo sapiens in the New World, Radiocarbon (1983).