40Ar/39Ar age limit for an Acheulian site in Israel


The lake of Berekhat Ram fills a caldera which cuts the Pleistocene basalt flows that cover the Golan Heights1 in Israel (Fig. 1). In the north-west wall of the crater a sequence of two basalt flows is exposed separated by a reddish-brown palaeosol complex 2 m thick. Scattered through this palaeosol, and also found in prominent concentration in one layer near the base, are lithic artefacts of an Upper Acheulian industry. We have now obtained a 40Ar/39Ar date of 233±3 kyr for the overlying flow, while the underlying flow does not give a well-defined plateau during step heating, but gives a range of apparent ages from 290 to 780 kyr, with an integrated age of 470 kyr.

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Feraud, G., York, D., Hall, C. et al. 40Ar/39Ar age limit for an Acheulian site in Israel. Nature 304, 263–265 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1038/304263a0

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