Among the most useful chronometric dating techniques are radiocarbon dating, potassium argon dating, and thermoluminescence dating.
Chronometric Dating for the Archaeologist isn't bedtime reading, nor is it for the faint-of-heart, but at the same time one does not have to have a background in materials science or organic or inorganic chemistry to understand the basic premise of the work.
The editors' goal is to present a factual, current, and well-documented evaluation of a dozen of the major techniques that are used by scientists to determine chronology from archaeological artifacts or contexts.
The date on a coin is an absolute date, as are AD 1492 or 501 SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: absolute dating; chronometry CATEGORY: technique DEFINITION: Any technique of dating that relies on chronological measurement such as calendars, radiocarbon dates, etc.
and which give the result in calendar years before the present, or B. Most of these techniques produce results with a techniques do not.
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: chronometric dating; absolute dates; absolute chronology; absolute age determination (antonym: relative dating)CATEGORY: chronology; technique DEFINITION: The determination of age with reference to a specific time scale, such as a fixed calendrical system or in years before present (B.
P., BP), based on measurable physical and chemical qualities or historical associations such as coins and written records.
Archaeologists use many different techniques to determine the age of a particular artifact, site, or part of a site.
Two broad categories of dating or chronometric techniques that archaeologists use are called relative and absolute dating.
This is because I am reviewing the volume, in the main, for scholars in the humanities disciplines rather than for scientists; therefore I shall attempt to interest and inform both audiences.
Archaeology is, indeed, one of the humanities (so-defined by the United States Congress in 1965), but it is also one that has borrowed paradigms, methods, and analytical techniques, and adopted analogies and inferences from many of the natural, physical, and social sciences, and the humanities.
For example, JJA Worsaae used this law to prove the Three Age System.