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oxcAAR (previously named roxcal) is a collection of functions that can be used to execute OxCal from within R.

Please note that there is a roxcal package package on GitHub, created by Gavin Simpson. If you just need to import OxCal result files, you may consider using his package.


oxcAAR is released under the GNU General Public License, version 2. Comments and feedback are welcome, as are code contributions.


To install the stable version from CRAN:


To install the latest development version:

if(!require('devtools')) install.packages('devtools')

Get started

To get started, just run:


This will download and unzip OxCal into tempdir(). You can change the destination path of OxCal by setting the path parameter. Please make sure that you have a working internet connection when attempting to use this function!

Afterwards you can start calibrating your dates. Check the Vignette to learn how to do this.