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Complete confusion, deriving from a usage by Milton in Paradise Lost (1667).

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Magic Universe: A Grand Tour of Modern Science

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Science and technology, History of Science
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...indicating significant changes in the radiocarbon production rate. When archaeologists used the bristlecone results to calibrate their dates, the effects were revolutionary. A cherished idea that civilization and technologies diffused outwards from Sumeria and Egypt was confounded when the corrected radiocarbon dates showed that folk in Brittany were building large stone monuments 1500 years before the first rough-stone Egyptian pyramid was constructed. As Colin Renfrew at Southampton announced in 1973 : ‘The whole diffusionist framework collapses,...