Vole clock

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The Vole clock is a method of dating archaeological strata using vole teeth. Investigations at sites across Europe have allowed construction of a detailed framework of how different vole species evolved over the last million years, and where and when specific species became extinct.[1]

For many sites it is considered the most accurate way of dating, and also provides information on the climate and local environment e.g. in the Pleistocene.[1] Dr. Francis Wenban-Smith of Southampton University, a Stone Age specialist on assignment for Oxford Archaeology, described the Vole clock as "one of the wonders of modern science".[2]


  1. ^ a b Currant, Andy (Natural History Museum, London) (2000). "2000 series: Elveden, Suffolk". Time Team. Channel 4. Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Elephant Hunters". Oxford Archaeology. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

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