Relative dating in archaeology
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An initial reading dates the specimen which is then calibrated by considering this date and its correspondence with the measurable level of carbon 14 stored over time in the growth rings of certain tree species, including redwood and pine bristol.
Relative dating includes methods that rely on the analysis of comparative data or the context eg, geological, regional, cultural in which the object one wishes to date is found.
Subsequently, radiocarbon dating, an absolute dating technique, was used to date the bones directly and provided a date of BP, showing how useful the combined used of relative and absolute dating can be.
We have a good sense of the order in which things happened to us (when we were children, students, adults), that is, a relative sequence of events.
We can also handle parallel relative sequences (e.g.