Professional radiocarbon dating
The new excavations show that there are more differences than expected to the early “Pre-Khmer style”, normally named Phnom Da style. Comparing the known statues of Phnom Da with those found in Funan published in his monograph and with the exhibits shown here we tend to agree.
As the recalibrated radiocarbon dates (C14) show it is rather certain that many the sculptures of the Funan style have to be dated some time before the Phnom Da A style.
Without those, the archaeologists were in the dark as to the age of various societies. The use of tree ring data to determine chronological dates, dendrochronology, was first developed in the American southwest by astronomer Andrew Ellicott Douglass.
In 1901, Douglass began investigating tree ring growth as an indicator of solar cycles.
Many of the first efforts of archaeology grew out of historical documents--for example, Schliemann looked for Homer's Troy, and Layard went after the Biblical Ninevah--and within the context of a particular site, an object clearly associated with the site and stamped with a date or other identifying clue was perfectly useful. Outside of the context of a single site or society, a coin's date is useless.
Wie die rekalibrierten Radiocarbon-Daten (C14-Analysen) zeigen, kann man heute mit hoher Gewißheit davon ausgehen, dass zeitlich viele der Skulpturenfunde des Funan Stils einige Zeit vor den Phnom Da A-Stil zu legen sind.
Vor seiner Tätigkeit bei der Rutgers University war Paata Fellow am Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics (NORDITA), postdoktoraler wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Fachbereich Physik und Astronomie der Rice University und Ingenieur im und Low-Level-Counting-Labor der Staatsuniversität Tiflis.
Er arbeitete an zahlreichen für den Quantenmagnetismus und die Physik der ultrakalten Atome relevanten Problemen.
Zur Überprüfung seiner Forschungsergebnisse arbeitete er eng mit verschiedenen Experimentatoren zusammen.
Prior to his work at Rutgers University, Paata was a Fellow at the Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics (NORDITA), a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University, and an Engineer at Radiocarbon and Low-level Counting Lab at Tbilisi State University. Moody, "Relative sea-Ievel changes in Crete: reassessment of radiocarbon dates from Sphakia and West Crete", "BSA" 97 (2002), 171–200* B.