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The seriation of stratified deposits permits archaeologists to assess the relative age of particular styles.
This information may then be used to surmise the relative age of unstratified deposits (e.g., surface sites).
Since 1950 the physical sciences contributed a number of absolute dating techniques that have had a revolutionary effect on archaeology and geology.
These techniques are based upon the measurement of radioactive processes (radiocarbon; potassium-argon, uranium-lead, uranium-thorium, thorium-lead, etc.; fission track; thermoluminescence; optically stimulated luminescence; and electron-spin resonance), chemical processes (amino-acid racemization and obsidian hydration), and the magnetic properties of igneous material, baked clay, and sedimentary deposits (paleomagnetism).
Through the investigation of many different stratigraphic contexts, a master sequence of fossil and floral assemblages may be devised for a region.
Absolute Dating Absolute dating can be achieved through the use of historical records and through the analysis of biological and geological patterns resulting from annual climatic variations, such as tree rings (dendrochronology) and varve analysis.
In geology, a master stratigraphic sequence for a particular region is built up by correlating the strata from different locations with one another.
By matching the tree rings on an archaeological sample to the master sequence of tree ring patterns, the absolute age of a sample is established.Other techniques are occasionally useful, for example, historical or iconographic references to datable astronomical events such as solar eclipses (archaeoastronomy).When archaeologists have access to the historical records of civilizations that had calendars and counted and recorded the passage of years, the actual age of the archaeological material may be ascertained—provided there is some basis for correlating our modern calendar with the ancient calendar.However, as the basic principles of relative dating progressed during the course of the 19th cent., investigators were able to correctly determine the relative age of many archaeological and geological materials.
Stratigraphic dating is accomplished by interpreting the significance of geological or archaeological strata, or layers.From this, scientists can establish pollen diagrams (describing the relative abundance of different pollen-producing plants at a given point in time) and floral time charts (showing how climate and flora changed over time).