This book fills the gap and it offers a two-tier approach to the subject.
The main text is a coherent introduction to the whole field of science-based dating, written in plain langauge for non-scientists.
For example, if a context is sealed between two other contexts of known date, it can be inferred that the middle context must date to between those dates.
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This is admitted because of the simple reason that some botanical species, whether extinct or not, are well known as belonging to a determined position in the scale of time.
For a non-exhaustive list of relative dating methods and relative dating applications used in geology, paleontology or archaeology, see the following: Same as geologists or paleontologists, archaeologists are also brought to determine the age of ancient materials, but in their case the areas of their studies are restricted to the history of both ancient and recent humans.
Relative dating methods are unable to determine the absolute age of an object or event, but can determine the impossibility of a particular event happening before or after another event of which the absolute date is well known.
In this relative dating method, Latin terms ante quem and post quem are usually used to indicate both the oldest and the most recent possible moments when an event occurred or an artifact was left in a stratum.
An example of a practical application of seriation, is the comparison of the known style of artefacts such as stone tools or pottery.
The stratigraphy of an archaeological site can be used to date, or refine the date, of particular activities ("contexts") on that site.
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Chronological dating, or simply dating, is the process of attributing to an object or event a date in the past, allowing such object or event to be located in a previously established chronology.
Many disciplines of archaeological science are concerned with dating evidence, but in practice several different dating techniques must be applied in some circumstances, thus dating evidence for much of an archaeological sequence recorded during excavation requires matching information from known absolute or some associated steps, with a careful study of stratigraphic relationships.